Funded by profits generated from Movement Mortgage, the foundation comes alongside others to reinvest in communities and empower individuals to fulfill whatever tasks God has equipped them to do. Since its founding in 2012, the foundation has invested more than $22 million in causes and ventures intended to spark lasting change in lives — from the Movement School in Charlotte, North Carolina to the development of a commercial farm in Uganda, East Africa.
As the foundation’s first major real estate investment, the $3 million Movement Center in Charlotte provides nonprofits with a low or no-cost space to work, collaborate and effect change in their community. The center currently houses eight nonprofits, including a church; an organization that helps the homeless find jobs; and an after school program that develops youth into leaders.
The concept for Movement School began with a question: How can we help more families break the cycle of poverty, and do it in a sustainable, scalable way? The answer: Movement School, a tuition-free public charter in west Charlotte. The foundation has invested $12 million to launch the school that aims to prepare a new generation of students for college, careers and lifelong success.
Each month, the foundation challenges Movement Mortgage employees to nominate nonprofits doing good work in their communities for a $10,000 grant. Dubbed the Movement 10k, it’s our effort to partner with and amplify the work of organizations already impacting people’s lives. The 10k has invested in organizations that serve the homeless and abused, shelter battered women and enhance services for children with autism.
The foundation matches dollar for dollar Movement Mortgage employees’ nonprofit donations and the time they spend volunteering at organizations significant to them. It’s a way to empower individuals to maximize their investment in groups that effect change in their communities. Some of the causes the foundation has matched include a nonprofit that distributes shoes to low-income children and a group that purchases bicycles for refugees.
Elhanan is a 1,100-acre commercial farm in Uganda, East Africa. It aims to spur employment and spiritual development, dispel poverty and empower communities in an area of Uganda still struggling to recover after a decades-long civil war.