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Social Promise Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development

Mission: Social Promise provides healthcare and education in Uganda while teaching children in the United States about life in rural Uganda.

Results: 100's of orphaned children have lived in the safe, caring, home-like environment of St.Jude Children's Home because our your continued support. Thousands of patients receive care at Lacor Hospital, which operates with over 70% of its expenses covered by donors such as you! We are the only U.S.-based nonprofit to help Lacor.

Target demographics: Ugandan nonprofits

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 children attend secondary school in Uganda & bought an ambulance for Lacor Hospital

Geographic areas served: U.S., Uganda

Programs: hospital care, secondary school, and a home for children with disabilities. We also provide programs for children to learn about Uganda and how they can help a child there.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The work being done in Uganda is so impressive and impactful. And Social Promise really leverages volunteers to make the donations go far. The Uganda education events for students in the U.S. are an important component of this organization's work.

Maureen56

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise is an amazing charity and one where you can really see your dollars put to real life use. I have had the pleasure of knowing and supporting this charity for a few years now, and have even run the NYC marathon in support, because I was so impressed with the work and aid this charity provides to the people of Gulu. The people behind Social Promise are some of the most passionate and hard working around. They have made a difference in the lives of many.

Donor

Rating: 5

I took my children to Social Promise's annual "African Adventure" event, and it was a tremendous learning experience for them. This event was a great way to raise awareness about African culture among even the youngest of participants. The organizers of the event had come up with very creative ways to fully engage the children, and teach the children about their peers living in rural Uganda. This helped raise the children's cultural and socio-economic awareness. It was fantastic,and we will go back every year!

Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter, Eliza looks forward to the African Adventure every year. She runs around with her passport getting it stamped at all the different countries. She has a blast!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that Social Promise does is so important, and the staff is so professional and committed. Their fundraising and awareness-raising activities in my campus and wider community has been first-rate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the founder of Social Promise, Sharon Crary, since she was in kindergarten. Last year, we discussed the possibility of us going to Uganda so I could see the hospital and orphanage Social Promise supports. This year, the two of us traveled to Gulu and spent ten days observing their needs and deciding what Social Promise would do in the upcoming year. Both the hospital and orphanage are incredible places. The majority of the people working in the hospital which has a nursing school are Ugandans. There are very few similarities between the Lacor Hospital and a hospital in the United States. All of the people I had the privilege to meet were so caring and dedicated to their work. The orphanage has approximately 100 children. They live with a "mother" in a cottage with 6 or 7 "siblings". It was designed to mimic a home with children of varying ages. They are all surrounded by love, but have very little in the way of possessions. Neither the hospital or the orphanage would meet our standards. But both are filled with caring people. My trip to Uganda filled me with awe of Sharon. Sharon was always greeted with smiles and thanks for what Social Promise has accomplished. She has done so much for the people of Gulu. Yet, there is so much more to do. Our donations will make it possible for Social Promise to continue and increase the special things that are done in Gulu.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Social Promise provides many benefits to not only Ugandan nonprofits, but also educates our community about the culture and needs of Uganda. I enjoy volunteering for Social Promise every year during the educational outreach program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly speaking, I am totally impressed by the hardworking, caring members of this organization! I see their love for the underserved communities around the world. I see the members giving up their vacation and working with these underprivileged populations. I see the members in all age try to create consciousness around them! I see young members make necklaces, bracelets and other crafts to sell and raise money for the needy communities. I am fascinated with their love and care. Also I am encouraged to think about the disadvantaged community around me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Social Promise is a wonderful organization that helps promote awareness about the disparities in healthcare and living standards in Uganda. What I love about Social Promise, that is so different from most non-profit organizations that work in developing countries is that Social promise partners with already established organizations in Northern Uganda in ways that do not perpetuate the white savior mentality and create further dependency on the community for outside help. Social Promise allows people that actually live in the community to decide what needs need to be addressed and the ways that they can be addressed to benefit the community in the best possible way. As someone from a developing country as well, I know the importance of dismantling the "white savior mentality" and viewing the people you are helping as equals and I believe Social Promise does a wonderful job at this.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise is a fabulous non-profit. Their dedication to the people they have charged themselves with helping is unmatched. Having seen the conditions and need in northern Uganda first hand I truly understand why Social Promise had to be started, and I know that they are doing a great service the people in that area.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise is a wonderful and unique organization. First, they have deep knowledge of the people they serve in northern Uganda. The Board travels there to review the organizations they support and currently a Board member is living and helping at St. Mary's Hospital Lacor. Secondly, their partners in northern Uganda, St. Jude's and St. Mary's are wonderful, well-established social organizations that meet the wide-ranging health, education and living needs of Uganda's most needy...orphans, the disabled, women and the desperately poor. Finally, the Founders and Board of Social Promise take no compensation for their work other than the love, gratitude and thanks from the many, many people whose lives they have touched. Social Promise is indeed a "great non-profit" worthy of support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never met a group of people more dedicated to a cause. Sharon and Sarah, the founders of Social Promise, take time every day out of their very busy schedules to think of ways to raise more money for our partners in Uganda. Both women are so intelligent and hard working and are a pleasure to be on the board with. Our partners in Uganda do such a wonderful job using the funds we raise to better the lives of so many in Uganda, that even though we are a small non-profit, a little really does go a long way and it feels like we are making a big difference. Lacor hospital is able to provide health care to so many people in Gulu at an affordable cost, and St. Jude is able to educate not only the children at the home, but other children in the village. It feels great working with such motivated, inspiring people.

Tom_73

Donor

Rating: 5

The work being done for this organization is tremendous! I found out about this organization through a family member. All the work being done to help this wonderful organization is shown through its dedicated members. All the tireless efforts they do to raise funds for this charity shows that they really care about what they do. The events they put on gives a person an "awareness" of the struggles and hardships these people face everyday. I strongly support their mission and will support them in any way that I can.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity that helps Ugandan hospital, orphanage and school, and also teaches even little children in the U.S. About life in Uganda. Truly worthwhile and led by devoted board members!

AB14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Social Promise is a wonderful organization that truly helps people in need in Gulu, Uganda. It also goes to great efforts to educate people in the US about how people in Africa live--and that we need to be aware of how easy it is for us to help make their lives even just a little bit better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Social Promise makes a difference in the lives of children in Uganda and in the US. By organizing educational fundraisers, Social Promise helps American kids learn how children in Africa live. They learn about their struggles and their beautiful cultures. Social Promise raises money to send Ugandan girls to school, to help Ugandan people pay for healthcare, and to help support children with special needs. This nonprofit truly is a special organization with wonderful goals and a genuine mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Social Promise is an organization you can trust. This is evidenced by the fact that 100% of our board members are also donors. We believe in the mission and we support the mission. Because we are a volunteer only run organization, the contributions you make to the organization go directly to the people of Uganda- our overhead costs are very low.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise is truly an amazing organization! All funds collected are helping to improve the lives of children in Gulu, Uganda. If you haven't already, please donate to this wonderful nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to travel to Gulu, Uganda with the founding Board Members of Social Promise in 2011, which had a huge impact on the way I now view non-profits who support areas in Africa. Social Promise works to understand the issues that people face on a daily basis through listening to community leaders, parents, and children. From what they hear, they provide sustainable structures that will support the community down the road. One of the most important workshops that I was involved with during my 2 week travel was getting the surrounding community of St. Judes Children's Home and educating children and adults on physical and mental disabilities. This had an enormous impact on how individuals viewed those with disabilities and was one of many conversations that Social Promise initiated but allowed the Director of St. Judes Children's Home lead. Social Promise is an organization that listens to the community, thinks how they want to have an impact and finally acts to provide support to the communities in Gulu. Social Promise is a wonderful organization that continues to grow and share the love of giving.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board 3 months ago. This is an organization that genuinely enjoys helping. Last year, Social Promise sent $80,000 to their partners in Uganda thanks to the generosity of our donors and well wishers. Social Promise does not only provide financial support to our partners in Gulu, but we also send medical supplies such as wheel chairs for use by the disabled in the community. One great thing about this organization is how we make sure that all the donations go to benefit the community we are supporting. One way by which we do this is by sending at least one board member each year to Gulu to check on our partners (St.Jude Children's Home and Lacor Hospita)l. These visits enable us to see and experience the impact our donations are having on the community.

I will encourage everyone to support this great cause and if possible join us to Gulu on our next trip there.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization that truly makes the most of its donations, putting every dollar directly toward improving people's lives. Social Promise holds wonderful family events that will allow you and your children to learn about life in Uganda and support those in need while having a great time.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise is a ground-up organization with high goals of improving lives in need in Uganda. Their people are passionate and they are making an impact. In addition, they operate with very low overheads so the dollars are put to the actual cause not office supplies.

hawk43

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe we all struggle in life trying to justify where we fit in as individuals and as a species. What can we truly do to make a difference in such a vast and unforgiving world? What impact do our actions and decisions really have on the path our planet and its inhabitants travel down? These are questions that I constantly look to answer for myself as I try to find my place in our world. Despite the uncertainties I may have with my place in the world I know that the work Social Promise does to support the children of St. Jude and the community of Gulu is nothing short of miraculous. Social Promise connect people from across the United States and the world that feel a need to serve those that are currently in need of immense support. When I was in Gulu on behalf of Social Promise I shuttered to think where the children of St. Jude would be without the help of Social Promise and others like it. Social Promise provides hope to kids that otherwise would likely be deceased or worse. Social Promise was built on a foundation of love and caring and the desire to construct positive outcomes in a community that is in need of great support but that is full of extraordinary individuals. I still don’t know where I belong and what I should be doing to leave a positive impact on this world but I know that when I’m working towards supporting the people of Gulu, and especially the children of St. Jude, I know I’m headed in the right direction.

Donor

Rating: 5

I couldn't feel more strongly about this charity. It is truly an organization that believes in getting its "hands dirty". They've made such great strides in improving the lives of the people in Gulu, and I am so proud to have been convinced to become a part.

Douglas M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise has recently held two events in New York to raise funds for health and educational needs in Uganda. The event held at Brooks Brothers at the Miracle Mile in Manhasset has generated an ardent group of supporters who are sincerely interested in engendering positive change. The African Adventure event in New York brings together families responsive to the needs in these Ugandan communities, and interested in giving their children a sense of life in Uganda. I have been very fortunate to have seen the hard work that the Social Promise volunteers have put into these events to make them so successful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charitable organization. They are providing much needed help to Uganda.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Social Promise through my son, who traveled to Uganda to help the people that this charity supports. For the past year he has shared stories and pictures of the children and adults with desperate needs that are benefiting from the funds from Social Promise. While the stories shared are often heartbreaking, it is evident that many of these people have a much brighter future because of what Social Promise has been able to do for them. I love to follow this charity's Facebook page and read inspirational accounts and see beautiful pictures of those who are benefiting from Social Promise. It is clear that the Board is made up of dedicated and highly qualified people, who by virtue of their respective backgrounds, have a good understanding of the needs of the people in Northern Uganda, as well as a deep desire to support them and make a difference in their lives! I completely trust Social Promise to steward my funds honestly and well!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise is a relatively new nonprofit dedicated to assisting the poor and young children in Uganda, particularly in the city of Gulu. The donations are funneled directly to a hospital and school / orphanage in Gulu. There is very little overhead as the directors and other individuals helping with the fundraising serve without remuneration. The impact of the donations is very significant as a relatively few US dollars goes a long way in Gulu toward providing medicines, wheelchairs, books, educational facilities and scholarships for continued study. Donations are not used for salaries either in the US or in Uganda. I would strongly urge people to look at the great work this nonprofit has accomplished in a short time with relatively few dollars. If you can't contribute, perhaps you can contact the directors about other ways they can help these needy people, particularly the children.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise has helped open my eyes to true everyday struggles of children and families in Africa as well as the good that comes from those who really care. The dedicated drive of Social Promise inspires me and my family to help financially. Even though my children are young, I anticipate that they will grow to feel the connection as strongly as I do. I have witnessed the life long dedication of those behind the drive of Social Promise and am proud to help aid their momentum!

Ellen48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Social Promise is dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished people in Northern Uganda. It partners with both St. Jude Children's Home and School and Latour Hospital and it has helped to build a school and homes for the disabled and to send students to secondary schools. Innumerable children have learned about the needs of children in Africa through Social Promise's African Adventure, and communities all around the United States have been inspired to help.ation young's
I have been touched to learn of the need for wheelchairs in Africa, and the children's excitement at receiving the books that teens in a local church collected, boxed and sent to St. Jude.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise is a great organization that not only helps families and children in Uganda, but educates children here in the US through its fundraising activities and events that children are children wherever they may live, and that having a connection to and an appreciation of the experiences of others make all of us better world citizens.

Sarah153

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a member of the board of directors at Social Promise, and being a part of this organization has been a life changing experience for both me and my family. I have had the privilege of inspiring change for a community of people that are truly in need. Not only have i benefited from my work at Social Promise, my children have as well. They have learned that not all people in our world live life with access to food, medicine, clothing and school. Even though my children are young, they too are eager to help others in need. I am planning my first trip to Gulu in June of 2014, and I couldn't be more excited to meet the people living there and to see first hand how important the work we are doing here at Social Promise impacts families living there.

Ranika C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I took my young daughters to a Social Promise event - it was by far the best family event I have attended. The children learned about different issues through interactive experiences - carrying a jug of water from the well, tying a baby doll to you while you are working, making toys out of water bottles and string. They still talk about it and ask questions about things they learned that day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent some time in Gulu, Uganda with Social Promise and the work they are doing is incredibly important to the community there. St. Judes has an indelible effect on Gulu and the surrounding area, without which, the community would be missing a truly essential need.

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2011, I traveled with the board members to Uganda to provide support to Social Promise. The impact that Social Promise has on the community is outstanding. The relationships that have been built with the board members of Social Promise are everlasting and continuing to grow. Social Promise truly cares about working with Lacor Hospital along with St. Judes Children whether it be providing them with wheel chairs for children or educating the community on self care.

Donor

Rating: 5

i learned about this organization through a family member and saw many pictures of the many sweet little happy faces surrounding the people who work for social promise. i feel the help people give to social promise, goes directly to help thieir people. The organization is very organized and communicates back to the donors, reaffirming how much their contributions have helped.

Donor

Rating: 5

Social Promise does so much with so little. My Sons have been to Gulu and St. Judes. The have seen first hand the needs of the people. I hope many can give to educate more children and provide basic neccessities like wheelchairs so that the people can rise above the severe poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited the Children's home in Gulu, Uganda which Social Promise supports. The people there are cheerful and grateful for the little things. Everyone was very hospitable and they welcomed me into their home with much joy. They were willing to share their stories and plans for the future. Directors of the home take very good care of all the children and provide each child with his/her basic needs with the little funds they get. I will therefore encourage everyone to donate through Social Promise to the Children's Home. Every dollar and penny can help make life a bit more comfortable for the children. I would also commend the directors of this great organization for the great things they are doing. Please follow the organization on Facebook for updates and events.