Giving gifts to donors to nonprofit organizations is an often-used method to attract attention, but more significantly give the donors a lasting memory of their contribution to the cause. I offered a tiny gift of a hand-turned pen to donors to Square One Villages’ efforts to fill a gap in the housing ladder that allows homeless people to climb out of homelessness and into possible home ownership (go here).
Homeless people will have a chance to not only live in a home but build equity. Dan Bryant’s vision of housing homeless people and allowing them to build equity is moving very close to reality. On Sunday September 20 a fundraiser was held at Sweet Cheeks Winery to tell people how building “tiny homes” can give men and women a step up in life that has never been offered before. A chance to live in a very dignified home in a very dignified development and, while paying rent, build equity that can be transferred to down payments for other types of housing.
After seeing samples of the quality of the housing and the remarkable return on investment, both in terms of houses built and opportunities where none existed before, more than 50 donors gave a total of more than $100,000 in cash to help fund the Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) housing project.
Tom Bowerman started the evening with a generous donation which shone a light on the path for other donors to follow.
Over a dozen architects have provided innovative plans to ensure that Emerald Village will be a welcome addition to Eugene’s housing mix. I believe this pilot program will fuel the drive for other such projects not only here in Lane County but throughout the country.