For many in the West, involvement in charity has finally become part of our life style. The wealthiest start their own charitable foundations. Many others support relief and development in response to images and stories brought to them by professional communicators.
When you give of yourself – your time, your money, your energy in the hope of making a genuine difference in the lives of others, it is critical to know that not only are needs being met but that those who benefit from the improvement are enabled and empowered to own them. Too often, projects start well but finish before completion when funds are no longer available. Sustainable success comes when local initiatives are strengthened and accelerated. It starts with what people need and want for their communities – their own ideas are the best starting point. Money given then becomes money invested, as initiatives are locally owned. At Sapphire Services, we support these initiatives with a standard 5% of our profit.