I Can Rebuild America Fund, Inc.
We will provide opportunities for individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty through support of charitable and cooperative organizations which serve the Mississippi Delta region.
We will provide financial support to organizations who are addressing the issues of poverty in our communities, including national and local charitable groups who serve the residents of the Mississippi Delta region. Funding for our activities will come from donations received from individuals and businesses in Mississippi and across the nation.
Our primary focus is poverty. We will address the issue of poverty in the Mississippi Delta region by supporting those organizations who are offering effective solutions for those trapped in a cycle of poverty. We believe poverty is the result of a failing public education system, lack of funding for workforce training programs, and inadequate opportunities for sustainable employment for those living in economically depressed areas.
We see the effects of poverty in our neighborhoods including widespread unemployment, abandoned houses and buildings, lack of basic financial services, limited availability of healthy food, and high dropout rates among public school students. We will support the charitable and cooperative organizations who are addressing these specific issues within our communities, and promote the expansion of their programs to include all citizens living in poverty across the Mississippi Delta region.
I Can Rebuild America Fund, Inc. was created to address the issue of poverty in Jackson, Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta region. We will raise funds from individual donors and corporate sponsorships and distribute those funds to charitable organizations and programs who are working to minimize or reverse the long-term effects of living in poverty. At least 70% of Jackson, Mississippi residents live below the poverty level, and the State of Mississippi depends on federal support more than any other state. We believe we can reduce our state's dependence on the federal government, and improve our local economy, if we address the issue of poverty at the local level using donated funds from small and large donors alike. We believe our strategy will become a model for other urban areas suffering from poverty while their suburban communities thrive.
The primary activity of our organization is the solicitation of donations and the subsequent distribution of donated funds to organizations and programs which are working to minimize or reverse the long-term effects of living in poverty, specifically in Jackson, Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta region. The Mississippi Delta region includes the following counties in Mississippi: Attala, Bolivar, Carroll, Claiborne, Coahoma, Copiah, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Leake, Leflore, Madison, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Yalobusha, and Yazoo.
We will provide financial support to existing organizations who are successfully addressing the issues of poverty in our communities, including national and local charitable groups who have proven themselves successful in Jackson and the Mississippi Delta region. We don't need to create the infrastructure necessary to achieve our goal of minimizing poverty because we already have of these existing organizations who are constantly working toward our goal. These organizations cannot be successful without the additional financial support necessary to reach their goals. I Can Rebuild America Fund, Inc. will solicit donations on a nationwide level to provide the funds needed to reach our common goals.
Those of us who live in Mississippi cannot fix our statewide problems on our own. We cannot generate enough tax revenue to operate an adequate public school system, our roads and bridges are deteriorated so badly they have become unsafe, and we lead the nation in unemployment, poverty, obesity, and every other depressing category.
The State of Mississippi already leads the nation in federal government support, and we believe we can provide relief for our state’s under-funded legislature who suffers from budget cuts and declining tax revenues. Budget cuts affect those in poverty more than others, so we cannot continue to rely on our state legislature to provide all the services necessary to help those living in poverty.
The charitable organizations who operate in our area already know how to get things done, keep expenses to a minimum, and get the most effective results with a limited amount of available resources. Their activities could be much more productive if they had additional resources to reach more people, offer more services, or add additional locations. Local donations collected by these organizations are limited due to current economic conditions, so they need a champion who can organize donations from outside of the state.
We will solicit donations from across the nation, from individuals and businesses alike. We will solicit both large and small donations, one-time donations and monthly commitments, and corporate sponsorships from anyone and everyone who is willing to donate. These donations will be distributed among existing charitable organizations who operate in the Mississippi Delta region and focus on minimizing or eliminating the negative effects of living in poverty.