“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…””
– C.S. Lewis
Charity is a funny thing. From my two years at Love146, I’ve seen just how easy it is to become nearsighted in non-profit work — shining the spotlight on our efforts, our programs, our approach, our goals. It’s ironic that charities, the groups who are the most outwardly focused in their mission statements, are the ones who are most apt towards isolation and insular thinking.
But it’s also totally logical.
Imagine your budget depends on donors desiring to exercise goodwill, instead of customers wanting to purchase a product. It’s akin to treading water… and when you’re treading water, you don’t think often about how someone else can help you do it better.
While Love146’s beginnings were in partnership and it continues to be a vital part of our global programs, the past two years with the End It Movement have provided Love146 with opportunities to look at our peer organizations in this fight with even more camaraderie.
Apart from educating tens of thousands of young people and raising funds that help protect and care for more children, the End It Movement has helped facilitate an environment of collaboration and partnership that wouldn’t have happened without it.
Because we connect with Polaris Project’s team, we equipped nearly 1,000 people with the tools to petition members of Congress about legislation that helps protect children at risk of trafficking.
Because we were able to pick up the phone and have a conversation with Not For Sale’s team, we were able to compare notes on best practices for non-profit marketing, outreach, and advocacy.
Because IJM’s team was willing to take the time and coordinate social media efforts with us, we reached thousands of new Abolitionists with new advocacy opportunities within the United States.
Because ECPAT’s team is willing to share their research, we were able to provide people with information on vulnerable groups that are often overlooked.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re a part of the End It Movement — drawing a red “X” on your hand and committing to answering the question: “What’s on your hand?”
And we thank you, because as IJM’s Gary Haugen says, “Awareness is doing the work.”
But that red X also symbolizes that you aren’t alone and that you’re part of a community who is in it to end it.