Incorporating was just the beginning of our journey into the unknowns of starting a nonprofit. Shortly after filing our incorporation paperwork and establishing our partnership with Feeding America, we sat down and tried to put into words our mission, vision, and core values. While we knew the ultimate goal of our nonprofit -- fighting for the day when no American goes hungry -- summing up all of our ideas into two concrete statements that are both inspirational and concise proved to be harder than one might think. Keeping in mind the importance of who we are as an organization, we sat down at our first board meeting to discuss our core values: the guiding principles behind every decision made at Per Diems Against Poverty.
Although all of our core values are very important, none is as important as our Integrity. We conduct ourselves with the utmost integrity and adhere to high moral and ethical principles in both our personal and professional lives. We desire to set the highest of ethical standards for all individuals who we have the privilege to work with. We never want anyone to feel the need to question our intentions, or whether or not our hearts are in the right place. We can assure all of our partners, donors, and supporters that we are worthy of their trust.
Frugality is at the heart of all of the decisions made at Per Diems Against Poverty. We uphold frugal business practices and maintain good stewardship of all donations, including time, money, and resources. We know that our donors, partners, volunteers, and supporters’ generous time, funds, and resources are precious. It is our guarantee that not only will 100% of all donations go directly to Feeding America, but also we will utilize all private donations to the furthest extent and operate as cost efficiently as possible.
We know that Compassion is among the most crucial of emotions we can feel toward others. We recognize the hardship and suffering affecting our fellow Americans and strive to alleviate their burdens while being understanding, respectful, and compassionate at all times. Without compassion, it would be impossible to carry out our mission and vision with the proper frame of mind and state of heart.
It is vital to the success of all charitable organizations to operate with 100% Transparency at all times. We value transparency at all levels of our organization and make collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making a top priority. All ideas and points of view are valued within our organization. We promise to make all of our financial and tax statements public for all former, current, and prospective donors, both public and private, to see. There are no secrets to the success we’ll experience through the lives of those our organization has helped.
We understand that many people have reasonable doubt when it comes to ending hunger and poverty in America; however, our Optimism allows us to see the potential of a brighter future for our country and those struggling with hunger. We believe in our mission and remain optimistically confident that one day no person in America will go hungry. Our optimism will help us to see beyond the current state of our nation.
If not for the steadfast Commitment of our team and our friends, we would have already folded when faced with the inevitable setbacks, naysayers, and doubts that arise when starting something from nothing. We commit all available resources to the fulfillment of our cause, unwavering in our motivation and persistence despite adversity. Our cause is our calling, and we are in this for the long haul.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to develop tunnel vision and avoid focusing on the needs of others. We understand that as well as the next person. My co-founder is busy running her own successful marketing company in Manhattan, and I have a 1-year-old and 3-year-old who are with me almost 24-7. We know how chaotic life can be, yet we also recognized this opportunity to change millions of lives for the better and couldn’t let it pass us by. Starting a nonprofit corporation is not for the faint of heart, but as long as our hearts are in the right place, good things are sure to come.