Philanthropist James Cammilleri Highlights 3 Ways Non-Profit Organizations and Charities Transform Lives
Famed author Charles Dickens once observed that “no one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of others.” According to philanthropist and entrepreneur James Cammilleri, one of the best ways to bring this sage wisdom to life is by supporting a cause-based non-profit organization or registered public charity.
According to James Cammilleri — a successful entrepreneur from Victor, NY, Burger King franchisee, and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Elevating Christian Ministries that is on a mission to aid the hunger crisis in Haiti — here are three ways how non-profit organizations and charities directly transform lives, and indeed, futures.
1. Financial Aid
The most well-known way that non-profit organizations and charities improve lives — and in some cases, play a role in saving them — is by providing financial aid; either directly to individuals and families in need, or through an on-the-ground intermediary (that is also typically a non-profit organization or charity) that allocates funds based on appropriate, standardized criteria.
Adds James Cammilleri: “Naturally, money can and does make an immediate positive difference in the lives of those in need. For example, funds can be used to purchase nourishing food and clean water, access essential medical care, and so on.”
Another critically important way that non-profit organizations and charities directly transform lives is by providing essential education; both formally through schools and other institutions, and informally through mentors and advisors.
Adds James Cammilleri: “At Elevating Christian Ministries, we have always been focused on supporting training and education that sustains improvements and gains. For example, in Haiti we built four bread ovens, and taught the local community how to grind wheat and make their own bread. Today, more than 10,000 children have access to nourishing food on a daily basis. This remarkable outcome is not the result of providing financial handouts or subsidies, but the result of sharing knowledge. Now, people are teaching others how to make bread, which is elevating their standard of living and paving the way for a healthier, stronger future. As the old saying goes — give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”
3. Vocational Training
Chronic unemployment and underemployment is one of the biggest hazards — if not the single biggest threat — to long-term improved standard of living; both in the developing world, and in the developed world where the cycle of poverty that often continues through generations is severe, unforgiving, and frankly, shameful.
Vocational training enables and empowers individuals to make a meaningful contribution in the workforce, which not only strengthens their economic situation and that of their family, but is a boon to communities, regions and countries as well. It is also critical for fostering entrepreneurship.
Adds James Cammilleri: “Many people who receive effective and relevant vocational training go on to have stable careers in a variety of fields. However, some of them are inspired and encouraged to start their own business, or pool their talents, knowledge, resources and funds with others to launch a joint venture. This kind of economic development and growth is remarkably positive, and the benefits are far-reaching.”
James Cammilleri’s Final Thoughts
Indeed, as Dickens pointed out, no one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of others. Admittedly, at times the thought of “lightening the load” can seem daunting; especially in the shadow of looming problems that get more intense and intimidating by the day. However, the good news is that supporting non-profit organizations and charities makes a lasting, meaningful difference by transforming lives — and futures. Dickens would surely approve.