22 May, 2017
People who regularly ask “what’s in it for me?” generally don’t gravitate toward philanthropy. Those
who give charitable donations in the proper spirit, however, tend to realize that when we help others,
we also help ourselves. By lending a hand to our fellow human beings in need, we make life better for all of us.
Even a single, seemingly isolated act of kindness can inevitably create a “ripple effect” that travels far
and wide to permeate society with positive change. But in order to solve the major problems that
plague us all, we must work together to protect the most vulnerable among us. As the Thomas
Foundation puts it, “we all benefit from a culture of openness and participatory problem-solving.”
The charitable organizations that are supported by the Thomas Foundation fully understand the ways in
which community wellness initiatives engender positive change well beyond the realm of community
health. They have seen this change first hand in villages and cities around the world. Here are just a few
initiatives that are working to transform communities through targeted charitable service.
• The Orphelinat Rose Mina – A prime example of an organization that seeks to do good works in
the community, the Haitian orphanage Orphelinat Rose Mina attends to the health and well-
being of 60 orphaned/abandoned children. Many of these children were rescued after
previously fending for themselves in exceptionally dangerous environments. By attending to the
needs of these children today, the Orphelinat Rose Mina is preparing them to become
productive members of society tomorrow. The organization has also fostered employment
growth in the region by employing many of its former boarders directly.
• MediaPi! – This French organization serves individuals with hearing disabilities by publishing
content that directly addresses their needs and concerns. As the founder of the Art’Pi! print
magazine, Media’Pi! first began serving the deaf community in 2011. Today Media’Pi! is
extending its community outreach by launching the first major online source of information that
explicitly covers topics of interest to deaf individuals. Every member of society, regardless of
physical function, deserves the right to give back to society to the best of his or her ability. In
this spirit, Media’Pi! is dedicated to giving deaf individuals the tools that they need to succeed.
• The YMCA of Haiti – A community based organization with 10 different locations throughout
Haiti, the YMCA of Haiti supports the well-being and social/professional growth of youth and
adults through programs and activities that are designed to further education, promote
personal development, and foster social responsibility. By helping its members build healthy
bodies and sound minds, this organization creates agents of change for the emergence of
With your assistance, the Thomas Foundation can continue to benefit communities as a whole through
our support of specific philanthropic initiatives. We can’t do it alone, but together, we can make a real