First off, if you're reading this, thank you! There's a lot of links on this website, and you somehow gravitated towards the section that talks about us giving back. That's pretty cool! Thanks for checking it out :)
To us, it's all about helping:
But what does this really mean? If our employees didn't work for us, they'd find employment elsewhere. If our clients didn't work with us, they'd self-manage or find another property manager. And if our renters didn't rent with us, they'd rent with someone.
So is there anything we can do to make a bigger difference?
A great way to help is by giving back. But it's not about just giving. It's about giving where we have the most impact. Who can we give to that needs the money most? Who uses the money most efficiently? Not all nonprofits are created the same, and there are now independent companies that are able to evaluate who needs the money the most and who uses the money the most efficiently! This leads us into Effective Altruism.
We're very happy to say we've chosen New Incentives as our nonprofit partner and have committed to giving back 1% of our management proceeds at a minimum.
Who is New Incentives? New Incentives is a nonprofit group that operates in West Africa, helping to both (1) educate families on the importance/impact of vaccinations (2) providing the means to get vaccinated (i.e. transportation, covering daily wage to spend a day getting it done, etc.). No, this isn't the COVID vaccination, and these vaccinations against...
How is the money being spent? New Incentives operates with a high level of transparency which allows independent companies like Give Well to better identify who the top Non-Profits are. In the case of New Incentives, we can directionally understand how much our philanthropic efforts help!
Why New Incentives? Seems like an odd partnership, right? How goes managing rental properties in the Poconos tie into vaccinating children in West Africa? I'm happy you asked! A few reasons...
We also partner with the Lake Harmony Rescue Squad and Ambulance Corp. through Amazon Smile. As you may imagine, there are a lot of expenses that come with running a property management business, and we make a concerted effort to do our purchasing through Amazon Smile, which donates a percentage of our overall purchases back to the nonprofit of our choice.
While it may not be a lot, we hope to do more in the future. Helping is at our core and we hope to help more in the near future. And if you made it this far, thanks for reading this! And if you are craving some more reading, I highly recommend Doing Good Better by William Macaskill :)