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As we push towards that “final inch” of completing the job of eradicating polio from the face of the planet, the Rotary Club of East Cobb has introduced a new Facebook “challenge” to energize their club, and friends from other clubs in the District, and beyond. It’s called Pies for Polio, and it’s simple: Just take a pie to the face (Recipe: whipped cream and a pie tin), donate a minimum of $100 to Polio Plus, video the whole thing, and then post a Facebook challenge to two other folks to do the same within 48 hours. This is way-cooler than a bucket of ice, and much less cold!
And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
CFR carries out its mission by providing temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis; housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment; and education and training to individuals and communities to increase economic capacity and personal growth. Additionally, CFR provides affordable office space to other nonprofit agencies in our community at The Mansour Center.
Jeri opened our eyes today to the double standard that exists between non-profit and for-profit corporations and how we, the public, view their approach to overhead expenses. For-profit corporations spend capital aggressively to generate revenue, and as long as there is profit, they are judged favorably. Non-profs, on the other hand, are expected to "beg" for their money, and overhead expenses are scrutinized very closely by would-be donors.
Last year entrepreneur and humanitarian activist Dan Pallotta delivered a "TED Talk", that turned this notion of passive fundraising on its head. Jeri Barr believes that Pallotta's ideas could revolutionize charity fundrasing, and that if non-profs put into action the competitive marketing strategies employed in the profit sector, enough money could be raised to actually solve the problems humanitarian organizations take on. Since the 1970's (when statistics were first collected) charitable giving has remained at 2% of GDP. And a very small portion of that 2% goes to humanitarian relief versus religious and other non-profit organizations. To see the TED talk that inspired Jeri Barr, go to this link: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong
General Manager: Michael Muncher
Location: 1050 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
Owner: Butch Carter
Location: 1391 East Cobb Drive, Marietta, GA 30068
Valenti's Italian Family Dining
General Manager: Roxana David
Location: 255 Village Pkwy NE #330, Marietta, GA 30067
Festival Barber Shop
Owner: Dee Reitz
Location: 1401 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30062
1984 Olympic Champion
4 time U.S. National Champion
4 time World Champion
Maia Shibutani & Alex Shibutani
2014 U.S. bronze medelests
2014 U.S. Olympic team members
2011 World bronze medalists
Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue
2014 Four Continents champions
2012 U.S. national bronze medalists
Cleveland Indians first baseman
Today's speaker was our very own Mary K Widener. Mary K is a life-long educator who in her retirement from the Cobb County School System (where she served as a school principal for four schools over 25 years) she remains active in teaching and training teachers and educators.
She has now joined other Rotarians, and the non-profit organization Street Grace to put a stop to the domestic prostitution of children. This sordid industry draws in up to 300,000 minors annually nationwide. The average "life span" of a child in DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is 7 years. Atlanta and its suburbs have become a major hub for DMST. And, what's more alarming, is that 42% of the purchasers of DMST in our area (the "Johns") come from the northern suburbs of Atlanta.
The mission of Street Grace is to first bring to the foreground awareness of this problem. By addressing the source of the demand -- principally affluent men who live in northern Atlanta suburbs -- they are teaming with law enforcement who are working to stop those adults who are prostituting children.
This is much heavier than the topics we typically cover in our morning Rotary meetings, but we were all moved by this comelling and necessary story. To learn more about the mission of Street Grace and how you and your civic, school or faith based organization can help, visit streetgrace.org.
Here's more info about Street Grace:
Street Grace is a faith-based organization leading churches, community organizations and individual volunteers on a comprehensive path to end domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in Metro Atlanta and throughout the United States.
Street Grace mobilizes community resources — financial, human and material — to help individuals and organizations effectively fighting DMST through awareness, empowerment and engagement. Street Grace is working to end DMST in Atlanta, with a vision of ending it throughout the United States.
A day when all children can live happy, healthy and productive lives that are free from all forms of injustice and exploitation.