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The One Percent Foundation (OPF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing persistent global challenges by building a broad-based movement for next generation philanthropy.
We educate, organize and mobilize our peers – young adults in their 20s and 30s – to become generous, committed, and strategic philanthropists. We recognize that many young people are not in the habit of giving since it can be a burden to know where or how much to give. Student loans and entry level salaries can leave young people feeling like they don’t have much to give, but by pooling our member’s donations OPF can overcome these barriers to giving. Our goal is to empower every young adult to give away at least one percent of his or her income to philanthropy each year – meeting that goal would mean raising an additional $16 billion for non-profits every year.
We believe that philanthropy should not be driven by income or age, but by the power of collective action to create lasting change. By making donating money easy and exciting, engaging in the grantmaking process, and amplifying our impact through collective giving, we are creating a new generation of philanthropists who will help address critical needs in our communities and the world, and who will only grow more generous and engaged throughout our lives.
Through our active participation, we are committed to spur innovation in philanthropy, the non-profit sector, and the problems they aim to solve.