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Social Promise Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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.