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“A different kind of nonprofit”

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April 10, 2017

Two longtime supporters and business partners share why they invest in Thousand Currents

Friends since they met as students at University of California San Diego, Max Garcia and Dave Beck have supported Thousand Currents since 2009.

Following college, they moved to Argentina to grow their business, Rotunda Software, a software design company that helps organizations and churches manage and mobilize volunteers. It was in the years that they lived in Argentina that Max and Dave decided to engage in international philanthropy.

A lot of people may have textbook solutions to local problems, but then there’s all kinds of context you’re missing out on… If I were to pinpoint one thing Thousand Currents does best, it would be partnering with people that have a deep understanding of what’s happening on the ground.

Dave adds, “At first we didn’t recognize what a cool organization Thousand Currents really is. Over the years, we’ve seen the unique model that Thousand Currents has. It has provided us with more inspiration and we’ve gotten more excited about the model [of] supporting local organizations supporting their local communities. It’s a novel take. It makes a lot of sense.”

Max and Dave eventually found Thousand Currents through Charity Navigator and have given to Thousand Currents every year since. Energized by their experiences in Latin America, Max and Dave wanted to support a nonprofit that worked respectfully with communities.

Looking at the way Thousand Currents was doing grantmaking and the way it does capacity building, as well as grants, we saw the change that we believed in that would make a difference in the long term. A lot of people may have textbook solutions to local problems, but then there’s all kinds of context you’re missing out on… If I were to pinpoint one thing Thousand Currents does best, it would be partnering with people that have a deep understanding of what’s happening on the ground. Dave adds, “At first we didn’t recognize what a cool organization Thousand Currents really is. Over the years, we’ve seen the unique model that Thousand Currents has. It has provided us with more inspiration and we’ve gotten more excited about the model [of] supporting local organizations supporting their local communities. It’s a novel take. It makes a lot of sense.” -Max Garcia

When asked what people new to Thousand Currents should do to find out more about the organization, Max advised, “I’d say go to one of their events, go to their website, see what they’re doing… When people think about nonprofits in general they might think, ‘Oh, bleeding hearts, inefficient’. But when you talk to anyone at the organization, you get the sense that it’s a different kind of nonprofit… It’s not just about charity. It’s about solutions that are coming from the grassroots and that’s exciting.”

Thousand Currents is grateful for our longstanding friendship and partnership with Max, Dave, and Rotunda Software. It is supporters like them that inspire and motivate us to continue amplifying our partners’ work in the Global South to a wider audience.

Cindy del Rosario-Tapan is the Director of Communications at Thousand Currents. She is a proud first generation Filipinx American who loves to read, write, and share stories. Cindy del Rosario-Tapan