When we started Visions Made Viable a few years ago we hoped to support a wide variety of projects.
One area of particular interest to us from the beginning, though, was the environment.
For whatever reason we've had very few 'green' projects come our way over the past few years.
We want to go more green.
If you've got a good 'green' idea, or a nascent 'green' project underway, and want to take it to the next level by becoming a sponsored project or working toward becoming an independent nonprofit, we want to talk to you!
More and more projects and nonprofits are encouraging donors to support very specific aspects of a project rather than give 'general support' to the project as a whole. Many donors like the idea of knowing exactly where their monies go so highly targeted giving is becoming an important trend.
Adventure and extreme sports have never been more popular than they are now. Or, putting it more simply, sports in general!
We think one of the more interesting trends these days is the way some folks are using sporting competitions and events as a way to publicize and support creative new efforts at social change. And even more importantly, how many significant new projects are developing from networks of fellow sports enthusiasts.
Some of us at VMV are adventure sports types, so we love this combination of our worlds!
Ruben and Holly Gil lead Querencia, an innovative Visions Made Viable project that serves Santa Barbara's (CA) lower east side, a low income and largely Latino community in the midst of one of America's wealthiest cities.