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Fundraiser for Tides Foundation, Benevolent Fund.

HI. I work for a start-up nonprofit called Benevolent. Benevolent is a licensed charity in Illinois that has submitted an application for 501c3 status to the IRS, hoping to get our formal 501c3 status soon. Right now we can be helped through the Benevolent Fund at the Tides Foundation. We are a small startup that's already making big impact - we've helped nearly 70 local nonprofits change the lives of nearly 350 clients striving to reach sustainability and success. But Benevolent can do much more with your help.

What's Benevolent? An exciting nonprofit that is transforming how everyday people can get help to low-income individuals in need. The best way to understand the experience is to visit But here is some more formal information about what Benevolent does:

While the U.S. has many programs to aid low-income families, many adults still find themselves thwarted from their personal and family goals by roadblocks as simple as a car that needs repair or an eye exam and glasses to take a job as a truck driver. These gaps in our social safety net impact striving low-income families, often pushing them to a point just out of reach of the stability and sustainability they seek. That car that needs repair leads to a mother losing her job, facing eviction and a return to an unhealthy living environment for herself and her children. The father eager to support his children is thwarted when working in his field requires glasses he can’t afford.

Benevolent invites everyday givers into these challenges by presenting first-person stories of striving low-income adults who face a singular need along the way towards their self-determined goals. By introducing the first-ever micro-giving platform with 100% validation and transparency, Benevolent provides an outlet for the kindness people are eager to show one another. Partnering with local nonprofit partners for validation, fulfillment and reporting, Benevolent helps low-income families meet their own goals and move forward towards stability and overall well-being.

I'm posting this fundraiser to bring in more general operating support for Benevolent. We're burning the midnight oil, helping people help me get the message out about, and help us transform the way people give and get support.



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