Dave Crenshaw and Invaluable Inc. support causes related to fostering entrepreneurship worldwide. We believe that helping new entrepreneurs succeed is not a handout, but a hand up. Entrepreneurship empowers people to solve their own problems, rise from poverty and create opportunity for those around them.
We contribute regularly to these two causes:
Defy Ventures – Defy Ventures provides carefully selected, ambitious men who have criminal histories with life-changing entrepreneurship, leadership, and career opportunities. Defy Ventures is funded and managed by a group of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who recognize that many former drug dealers and gang leaders share similar skill sets and talents with top business leaders. Through an intensive internship program that includes MBA-like training, executive mentoring, leadership development, and career placement, Defy Ventures offers its interns a legitimate chance to succeed as income earners, entrepreneurs, fathers, and role models in their communities.
Kiva – Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva allows people to lend money via the Internet to people in developing countries through Kiva’s 142 partner microfinance institutions. Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Kiva itself does not collect any interest on the loans it facilitates. It is purely supported by grants, loans, and donations from its users, corporations, and national institutions.
Get involved with Kiva here: www.kiva.org