giving back

We believe the best way to reduce poverty and suffering is through entrepreneurship and capitalism. In times of natural disaster, donations of food, money and clothing are necessary, however, this strategy only works in the short-term and can be harmful in the long-term. Communities do not become prosperous because of foreign aid, prosperity must come from within.

Charities we support do one or more of the following things:

Create jobs and sustainable business

The ultimate goal is for people and communities to be self-sufficient.

Teach skills that emower people

This fosters a sense of purpose and builds self respect.

View people as capable beings, not helpless objects

We must help local entrepreneurs innovate. No one knows better what a community needs than those living in it.

Help establish rule of law

Entrepreneurs must have protections to ensure what they have created will not be stolen from them.

Purchase from local suppliers

This keeps money in the local economy and protects the stability of local companies.

Our Causes

Ready Willing & Able | Doe Fund

Established
1997

Located
New York, NY

Website
doefund.org

The Doe Fund was founded on a simple premise: Work Works. The Doe Fund’s mission is to develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism. All of their programs and innovative business ventures help homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals achieve permanent self-sufficiency.

In 1990 the Doe Fund launched Ready, Willing & Able, a ground-breaking transitional work program and the nation’s first large-scale social enterprise. Designed to provide economic opportunity to homeless men, the program quickly proved equally effective in transitioning formerly incarcerated men into mainstream society. Ready, Willing & Able has since helped more than 22,000 men transform their lives.

Mountain Tiger Martial Arts

Established
2001

Located
Arvada, CO

Website
mountaintiger.org

This is an organization near and dear to Clockwise Media Group. We have been long time supporters of the program and worked with them to develop their logo.

Mountain Tiger Society provides recreation and community safety skills for adults and teens with developmental disabilities. Through the martial arts, they offer physical benefits including exercise and coordination. Perhaps more importantly they offer many psychological benefits. Students develop meaningful social connections, a sense of belonging, situational awareness, and verbal skills for avoiding problems in the community. Most importantly, they have fun while gaining the benefits of an appropriately-paced martial arts curriculum.

By most estimates, individuals with developmental disabilities are ten times likelier then the general population to become victims of abuse, crime, or sexual assault. Mountain Tiger classes include role-playing exercises so students can practice navigating challenging situations.

The awareness, safety, and confidence skills offered by Mountain Tiger Society give students an important mental advantage in a sometimes dangerous world.

Each martial arts class taught by Mountain Tiger Society includes physical exercises and basic martial arts training (for example, stances, blocks, and self-defense techniques) designed to improve coordination, confidence, and physical health. Each class is tailored to the needs of the individuals in attendance, and we strive to maintain a teacher or volunteer to student ratio of at least 3:1.

Each class also provides the opportunity for social skills training such as impulse control, need recognition, communication, hygiene, and other pertinent living skills. Every Mountain Tiger Society class ends with a role-playing exercise in which students can explore safe responses to everyday challenges in the community.

It is the goal of Mountain Tiger Society to become not merely a martial arts school, but a source of strength, pride, and belonging for each and every student. All of their weekly classes begin with that goal in mind.

Step Denver

Established
1983

Located
Denver, CO

Website
stepdenver.org

Step Denver is a men’s residential recovery community that helps low-income men overcome the consequences of addiction and rebuild their lives through sobriety, work, and accountability. The ultimate goal of the Step Denver program is to have its residents transition to safe, sober living environments where they may become productive, contributing members of their communities.

Step Denver provides a structured environment that offers addiction recovery programming based on the Peer Recovery Support Model. Men participate in Recovery Education Groups, 12 Step Fellowship Meetings, and are assigned a Recovery Support Manager that assists the residents in setting and reaching goals in all areas of their lives. In addition, Step Denver offers its residents life skills training that includes physical fitness, nutrition, financial budgeting, and family restoration, along with recreational and spiritual activities, to help provide self-care and life balance. Through our partnership with Goodwill Industries, residents have access to education, counseling, opportunities and placement for employment, and career development.

Guiding Principles

• A person cannot be helped to overcome their addiction until they are ready to take personal responsibility for their past, present, and future actions.
• Personal responsibility – without dependence on another individual, organization, or the government – is fundamental to one’s dignity and self-worth.
• A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out – Assisting individuals in taking personal responsibility for making the necessary changes in their lives without dependency on any person, organization, or institution.
• Work Works – the philosophy that effort in all facets of one’s life, including gainful employment, is the foundation for success.
• Any system that takes responsibility away from a capable person dehumanizes that person.
• Peer Recovery Support – having others who have had similar experiences to assist in the recovery process – is an important component for long-term recovery.

Whole Planet Foundation

Established
2005

Located
Austin, TX

Website
wholeplanetfoundation.org

Whole Planet Foundation is a Whole Foods Market® foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products.

The nonprofit’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit and the chance to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. As of June 2018, Whole Planet Foundation is alleviating poverty through micro-finance partners in the United States and 72 other countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. To date, the nonprofit has disbursed $73 million dollars through micro-lending partners worldwide, funding 3.1 million micro-loans and 17 million opportunities for a better life for micro-entrepreneurs and their family members.

Whole Planet Foundation supports tenacious, innovative, and hardworking entrepreneurs all around the globe. Most of the entrepreneurs who receive micro-loans are women, who traditionally have fewer resources and less access to financial services. Whole Planet Foundation identifies and partners with micro-finance organizations (MFIs) who provide and administer responsible financial services to their members.

Each donation is repaid and re-loaned in the communities where they fund microcredit, increasing impact over time. Every donation funds microcredit loans for those in need of an opportunity. Through a wide and diverse network of socially conscious microfinance partners, they support entrepreneurs in some of the most marginalized and remote communities around the world.