In March of 2014, a group of high school seniors from North Forsyth High School set the crazy goal of raising $100,000 for the global poor during the school year. We worked hard, averaging a fundraising event every three weeks during the school year. We did a car wash, yard sales, poetry slams, nights of worship, a chili dinner, a battle of the bands, a 5k, and an end-of-the-year banquet. In addition to these events, we made and sold t-shirts using a homemade Simple Charity stencil and fabric spray paint. The Lord blessed our work with His provision. During that first year, we raised over $60,000 for Christian organizations that work around the world to alleviate poverty.
After high school, the seniors at North Forsyth High School went their separate ways. Simple Charity had left such an impact on our county that the other four high schools in Forsyth wanted chapters. During the next year there were five high school Simple Charity chapters. Soon, former North Forsyth students wanted to start chapters at their new colleges. At Duke, Brian Grasso met David Wohlever, and they decided to start working towards forming a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. During the 2016-17 school year, Simple Charity established chapters at the University of Georgia and Duke University. We began building an entirely student-and-volunteer-led non-profit.
On August 11th, 2017, Simple Charity Inc. received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. We are still entirely run by students and volunteers. Our Board of Directors is composed entirely of full-time students. We frequently receive requests to start new chapters. We’re passionate about seeing this generation act on behalf of the global poor. Our chapters impact lives around the world by raising money for trustworthy non-profits that fight global poverty in Jesus’s Name by making t-shirts, doing events, and giving from their own wallets. We believe that our generation is more globally-minded than any before us, and we work hard to see a movement of radical generosity and deep compassion for the global poor transform the world. Jesus calls us to nothing less when He says “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me”(Matthew 25:40).