Mission & Core Values

our mission

To empower impoverished communities through high-impact, sustainable development.

our vision

Through actively pursuing our mission, we strive for the following:

We envision a world where each individual and community has the resources needed to improve their own lives, to lift themselves and future generations from poverty, and to live happy, meaningful lives.

Core Values

These are the driving principles that inform not only our work, but the values we cherish in our own lives.

Do the Most Good

In life.  Every day. Choices and decisions should be made from the perspective of having the greatest possible impact. Maybe not always for today, but for long-term sustainability.

Lead with Integrity

Allow an honest heart and a moral compass to guide you.

Listen to All Voices

We do not have all the answers. We actively seek the voices of our community partners, and all stakeholders, to understand and make decisions.

One Global Community

We recognize the shared humanity that binds us, and we believe in MLK’s position: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Demand Equality

We believe all people are entitled to the same opportunities regardless of race, color, gender, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, religion or nationality.

Believe in the Potential of Others

Everybody, when given the resources necessary, is capable of taking the torch and running with it.

Pay it Forward

Take the good fortune that comes your way and pass it on.

why we focus abroad

We are often asked why we don’t focus our work on poverty here in the United States. To help understand why we do what we do, it’s important to consider our Core Values. The Sonder Project takes a global perspective. We also look to do the most good with limited resources, and to fight for equality. Once you consider that “the majority of the global poor live in sub-Saharan Africa” and the fact that the dollar can go a lot further overseas (GiveWell), our vision becomes clear.

Nevertheless, there have been times in our organizational history where we have responded locally (see our Hurricane Michael response in Past Projects). If another local opportunity presents itself, we will be ready. In the meantime, we see the greatest need in our partner communities in sub-Saharan Africa where the cost of affecting change is far less.

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