Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The EnVest Foundation: “Redefining the Profile of a Philanthropist”

Joshua Humbert, Founder and Managing Director of the EnVest Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC - In 2004, Joshua Humbert created the EnVest Foundation, a social philanthropic organization comprised of a network of members with charitable mindsets who understand that meaningful and consistent giving is the pathway to becoming a philanthropist.

Co-founded with rising business stars Demek Adams and Fred Greene, the three individuals incorporated EnVest as a nonprofit public grant-making foundation in 2005 and set out to educate, inspire and motivate the next generation of philanthropists.

The foundation's website allows individuals to create a profile and connect with like-minded peers, and participate in group volunteer projects and programs such as their annual 40 Under 40 event that recognizes community members making a difference.

In 2011, the EnVest Foundation launched the EnVest 2000≤ Campaign in an effort to develop professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 from first-time or occasional donors into society's next generation of life-long philanthropists.

Through the campaign, the EnVest Foundation seeks to “redefine the profile of a philanthropist” by: developing and advising 2,000 or more new profiles on the website over the next five years; providing a high-level philanthropic curriculum to at least 500 new members over the next five years with the goal of transforming members’ casual philanthropic habits into engaged and educated philanthropy; developing a minimum of 150 millennial philanthropists over the next five years who gives or pledges at least $1,000 a year for a minimum of three years to a charity of their choice; coordinating and encouraging 20,000 or more volunteer hours over the next five years; and growing the scope of the organization beyond the Washington, DC region to major metropolitan areas such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Additionally, the EnVest Foundation has chosen to place a special focus on increasing its African American membership. This focus was chosen given the socio-economic status of black communities (a burgeoning middle and upper middle class) and the strong legacy of black philanthropy within the cities targeted for expansion.

To learn more about the EnVest Foundation visit and create a profile to connect and network with young professionals who are redefining the profile of philanthropy.

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