In the wake of this year's election cycle, we realized that we have missed one big investment opportunity: investing in humanity. We know that the returns are unclear, and the results can't be measured in %APY, but nonetheless, we have to try. Regardless of your or our political views and leanings, we realized that one of the biggest things people are missing seems to be empathy for others, and a desire for everyone — regardless of race, gender/identity, religion, or any other factor — to succeed, be happy, and not face discrimination. However, we also realized that individually, we don't really know the best ways to help; we are a very limited set of voices, with limited life experience, and limited viewpoints.
To that end, we recruited a group of friends from all walks of life and spread all across the country: children, school teachers, college students, professionals. We have tasked them to help us find, organize, and vet organizations (whether formal charities or less formal support groups) which are doing good work in their (or any) community, in ways that affect them or their friends, and could use more help. We personally set aside a total of $60,000 to be allocated to those organizations before the end of the year, and to that end, we gave each of several smaller groups of those friends ("teams") a budget to manage.
We look forward to watching the many organizations we're working with as they grow and continue to serve their communities. We also hope that our efforts here can be an example for others to copy; if you are in a position to invest in humanity yourself, we encourage you to do so, and to contact us to let us know.
and the Invest in Humanity 2016 team