Simple Charity Inc

aka Simple Charity   |   Durham, NC   |  http://www.simplecharity.org

Mission

Simple Charity helps Christians practice solidarity with the global poor.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Brian Grasso

Main address

606 N Buchanan Blvd

Durham, NC 27701 USA

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EIN

81-2367982

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (X12)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Great Opportunity report suggests that, to recover our witness in culture, the Church needs to be famous for our radical care for the poor, recognizing that Jesus identifies Himself directly with the poor and marginalized (Matthew 25). The problems Simple Charity seeks to address are twofold: (1) American evangelicals give less than 3% of their income despite being among the richest in the world (2) over 700 million people live in extreme poverty. We believe that the American Church needs the global poor and vice versa. We believe that Jesus is calling us to more. We are passionate about bridging that gap with truth and love.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

College Chapters

We empower college students to learn together about poverty and generosity and to raise money for our nonprofit partners.

Population(s) Served

We evaluate nonprofits that alleviate global poverty to determine trustworthy ones to support.

Population(s) Served

A trafficked Ugandan woman fights exploitation. A burned Indian woman ministers to the injured. These are a sampling of the uplifting stories Chris Kuo and Kristi Sturgill share on Two Coins, a podcast from Simple Charity featuring overcomers around the globe who have struggled, who have lost, but who have ultimately found God's redemptive love and now work to put that love into action.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of charities evaluated

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We operate based on the school year calendar. Example: 2016 = 2016-17 School Year (June - May)

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Research

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Input - describing resources we use

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Increasing

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Simple Charity helps Christians practice solidarity with the global poor. We do this by simplifying charity, gathering people and transforming habits.

We simplify charity by identifying vetted nonprofits for thoughtful Christians. Our intensive charity evaluation process results in a list of nonprofits working to alleviate poverty that thoughtful Christians can trust. In the summer of 2020, we are working to evaluate 738 nonprofits to choose 35 to support.

We gather people by seeking to build communities of practice that love the poor with zeal. Our college chapters fight global poverty by raising money for our nonprofits even while they grow together in community. Our goal is to start chapters on campuses across the nation.

We transform habits by providing resources that help Christians experience grace and abundance. We believe that generosity is part of the abundant life. Our resources focus on five spiritual disciplines: Giving, Prayer, Fasting, Gratitude and Faith.

Strategy to Simplify Charity:

In the summer of 2020, Simple Charity screened 738 nonprofits (including 628 openly Christian organizations) to choose 100 organizations to evaluate. Then, after intensive evaluations of these 100 organizations, we chose 35 to support: 10 in the USA and 25 international. All of the organizations that we support work within one of the five categories in our conceptual framework: Health, Education, Safety, Capital or Ministry.

For each organization that we evaluate, we look for alignment with seven of our values: Integrity, Accountability, Transparency, Effectiveness, Cultural Humility, Altruism and Kingdom-mindedness. We have a questionnaire that focuses on these seven values. We scour their websites, annual reports, Form 990s and other readily available communications material. We look up the organizations on GuideStar, Charity Navigator, Excellence in Giving, ECFA and Great Nonprofits. Finally, we conduct interviews with staff members. We ask about the organization's culture, possible unintended consequences of their work, an example of a past failure and more. The result is 12-18 pages of qualitative data per organization.

In addition to simplifying charity by determining effective organizations to support, we simplify charity by telling stories of beneficiaries that show the impact of our nonprofit partners. We do this through a stories page on our website and a podcast about God-loving overcomers around the world called Two Coins.

Gathering People

Simple Charity college chapters are a movement of Christian students that helps global neighbors overcome poverty and flourish in their communities. Our chapters fundraise for trustworthy charities, advocate for restorative justice, and build Kingdom-minded communities on campuses around the nation. If you are interested in starting a chapter of Simple Charity at your college or know someone who is, please visit our website: www.simplecharity.org

Transforming Habits

Our Profession of Practice is central to our strategy to transform habits. The Profession offers five baseline and five aspirational goals to practice “liturgies of solidarity” with the global poor. We are deeply entrenched in the thinking and practice of historic Christian virtue ethics. We love thinking about how to embody the virtues of charity, justice and solidarity. We believe that solidarity with the poor is “unity without proximity” and that this virtue depends upon the other virtues of charity and justice.

Simplifying Charity

Our Founder Brian studied development economics and global health at Duke University and worked with a team of other college students to develop Simple Charity's approach to charity evaluations. As far as we know, we are the first organization to apply the Christ-centered principles of the Chalmers Center to evaluate a large number of charities and identify ones that thoughtful Christians can trust.

Gathering People

We have five years of experience supporting student-led chapters. We compiled these years of experience into a New Chapter Handbook which was written with feedback and input from leaders at our chapters. The New Chapter Handbook has everything a student needs to start or run a chapter of Simple Charity including fundraiser ideas, leadership roles, communication tips, and much more.

Our college chapters grow together, raise their voices on behalf of the poor, and fight poverty. We do Journey of Generosity retreats on our campuses, taking advantage of a tried and true program to spur on the virtue of charity. We also have a curriculum of Bible studies for college chapters called God, the Poor and Us.

Our biggest goal for 2020 is to launch 20 new chapters of Simple Charity.

Transforming Habits

Our Profession of Practice is based on the Sermon on the Mount as well as our own reading of historic Christian virtue ethics. It is designed to provide baseline goals for formative practices that cultivate the virtue of solidarity with the poor. Our 40-day Solidarity Challenge has accompanying daily devotionals to spur on spiritual growth. For those who decide to commit to the Profession of Practice for a year, we have a year-long journal designed specifically for encouragement and accountability.

In 2014, Simple Charity was founded as a high school club in Georgia. That original high school club raised over $60,000 for organizations that alleviate poverty around the world.

In 2016, the first Simple Charity college chapter obtained student organization status.

In 2017, Simple Charity obtained 501c3 status.

In August 2019, Simple Charity hired its first full-time employee. By this point, we had evaluated 53 nonprofits and had chapters on five college campuses.

In September 2019, we unveiled our new website with the Profession of Practice, resources for college chapters and a giving platform for our nonprofit partners.

In March 2020, we hired a new Director of Creativity and began production of our podcast Two Coins, which we released in May.

In the summer of 2020, we did our first summer internship program with seven full-time interns and another new hire: our Director of Students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Simple Charity Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Wohlever Sánchez


Board co-chair

Emily May

Sole Hope

Term: 2017 -

Emily May

Leah Singleton

Alex Whitehurst

Megan Wilson

Justin Ebert

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No