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Doing Good, Better with The August Project

Reworking how philanthropy operates globally, The August Project focuses on underdeveloped countries of color and highlights solutions.

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Project Description

THE MISSION
The mission of The August Project is to create better do-gooders. We empower individuals, organizations and governments with the tools to engage in development work effectively. The goal is to alleviate poverty in underdeveloped communities and countries. 

THE RESULTS
An example of our partnerships is our co-creation with Nike. We designed and manufactured a sneaker with Nike based on the Haitian Revolution. Having sold out in four days, we used half of the profit to fund public hand washing stations in Haiti and strengthened operations. We have hosted innovation workshops to help participants understand how "giving" technically works, gave them tips on how to responsibly donate and brainstormed potential solutions to poverty in Haiti. We have also worked with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Verizon, and the Flatbush Development Corp. We have consulted with the Haitian American Caucus and #BlackCreatives. Additionally, we have been featured in a number of publications including L'Union Suite, Her Neck of the Woods, Rare Maven Media, Ticket Mag and Le Floridien print newspaper for our successes.

Close up of the Uprising, Nike sneaker designed after the Haitian Revolution.

THE PROBLEM
We are solving the problem of poverty--a pretty huge problem. In 2015, 10% of the world (734 million people) lived on less than $1.90 a day (World Bank). Given the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on the economically vulnerable, this number will likely go up. 

THE SOLUTION
The August Project consults with others on how to do good, better. We also engage in strategic partnerships to do good, creatively. Though many have goodwill, they're not equipped with the technical expertise to "do good" in a systematic and effective way. Consulting equips aspiring philanthropists with how to engage in development work properly, while strategic partnerships fund programs on the ground. By creating philanthropists who can properly support solutions while also equipping citizens on the ground with the ability to be self-sufficient, The August Project addresses poverty from two very important angles. 

Inaugural Innovation Workshop
Inaugural Innovation Workshop

 

 


THE FOUNDER
Ruth Jean-Marie is the founder and CEO of The August Project. She was raised being able to vacation in her parents' homeland of Haiti where she got to witness firsthand the joy and beauty of the Caribbean country. This motivated her desire to reframe how poverty is treated and looked upon. In 2014, she graduated from NYU where she received her Master of Science degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in human rights and international law. Four years later, she founded The August Project after seeing the need for change in the philanthropy world.

Founder, Ruth Jean-Marie
Founder, Ruth Jean-Marie

THE TEAM

  • Stephanie Baril, Volunteer Coordinator. Stephanie seeks and manages the do gooders who help with the functioning of the organization.
  • Julian Harrison, Esq., Legal Consultant. Julian advises on matters related to The August Project.

The August Project has two advisors who work in public relations and in streamlining systems. 

HOW TO SUPPORT US
Of course we're looking for donations to further our impact! All funding will be used to jump start the projects that were underway pre-covid. This includes our coffee table book featuring the people of Haiti which aims to humanize locals, our innovation workshops in which we educate and brainstorm solutions to the problem of poverty worldwide while creating strategists who spread humanitarianism effectively, our merchandise that features economically vulnerable populations with the goal of creating an income for them and, of course, operations costs. 

You can also share our campaign via social media: @theaugustprjct or follow us to keep up to date on our progress. 

Thank you for your time and your donations! We appreciate you. Pleeeeease reach out with any questions or advice. We love to engage. You can reach us at ruth.jeanmarie@theaugustproject.org

The Campaign FAQs

Does The August Project solely focus on Haiti?
No. Though, at the moment, The August Project primarily runs programs in NYC and Haiti, our long term goal is to focus on underdeveloped countries that continue to experience the remnants of slavery and colonialism. Haiti has been one of the primary foci due to the founder's close proximity and research. We are currently operating out of NYC. 

How long are innovation workshops?
Innovation workshops are up to two hours long including refreshments, networking, content and reception. Digitally, it will take up to 1.25 hours.

How does one effectively alleviate poverty?
The alleviation of poverty focus on five pillars that are intertwined. Positioning communities to address these pillars while also informing those in "developed" countries why these problems persist create sustainable change. 

How can we find out more information?
Please email us at theaugustprjct@gmail.com or reach out to us via social media: @theaugustprjct on Instagram and @prjctaugust on Twitter. We've also been featured in a considerable amount of press.

See press below: 
Nike Releases Uprising, A Haitian Revolution Inspired Limited Edition Sneaker
Ruth Jean-Marie Designs Limited Edition Nike Sneaker that Encapsulates the Haitian Revolution
The August Project Discusses Innovation, Development and Progress in Haiti
Black History Untold: Ruth Jean-Marie

For additional inquiries, please email ruth@theaugustproject.org. We will add questions as we receive them!

 

 

Christopher Williams
10/27/2020
Enamel Pins + Sticker Pack
$35
Phedeline Tanis
10/21/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
Lucienne Taylor
10/13/2020
Uprising Tee
$80
Miltiade Delille
10/08/2020
Innovation Workshop Attendance
$25
Gabriel Daly
10/02/2020
Innovation Workshop Attendance
$25
Jen
09/29/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
Shanice Lawrence
09/28/2020
Enamel Pins + Sticker Pack
$35
Tasha
09/26/2020
Enamel Pins + Sticker Pack
$35
09/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$38
Vanessa C
09/10/2020
Uprising Tee
$80
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

47 Supporters
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80.00 USD
Uprising Tee

Be stylish and revolutionary with a long sleeve white "Uprising" tee featuring a Haitian revolutionary on the back. This tee will be available, at minimum, within four weeks upon the completion of the crowdfunding campaign. 

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28 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Exclusive Photo Print

As we are gearing up to create a coffee table book, we will be traveling the country of Haiti to collect portraits and narratives of locals. Folks who donate at this amount, will receive an exclusive 9"x 12" print not available to the public. Those featured in the print will also receive compensation.

Includes: 

  • Uprising tee
  • Enamel pins and sticker pack
  • Early admittance to innovation workshops
  • Social media shout out
11 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
35.00 USD
Enamel Pins + Sticker Pack

Receive two enamel pins great for decorating your denim jacket or book bag and two stickers featuring Haitian revolutionaries. This option is especially great for those who weren't able to purchase the Uprising sneakers. 

27 Supporters
None available
25.00 USD
Innovation Workshop Attendance

Get first dibs to one of our innovation workshop where we do a deep dive into issues of Black liberation, Black identity world-wide and solutions to Black oppression.

8 Left
7 Supporters
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2,500.00 USD
Coffee Table Book Plus

Enjoy the coffee table book that we are currently working on. Our goal is to travel throughout Haiti to collect intimate narratives of locals along with their portraits and turn it into a coffee table book. Those who sit for photos will be compensated. This product is not yet available. 

Includes: 

  • Uprising tee
  • Enamel pins and sticker pack
  • Early admittance to innovation workshops
  • Social media shout out
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Twitter + Newsletter Shout Out

Get a shout out in our newsletter and on twitter with this reward!

2 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

47 Supporters
Select this reward
80.00 USD
Uprising Tee

Be stylish and revolutionary with a long sleeve white "Uprising" tee featuring a Haitian revolutionary on the back. This tee will be available, at minimum, within four weeks upon the completion of the crowdfunding campaign. 

22 Left
28 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Exclusive Photo Print

As we are gearing up to create a coffee table book, we will be traveling the country of Haiti to collect portraits and narratives of locals. Folks who donate at this amount, will receive an exclusive 9"x 12" print not available to the public. Those featured in the print will also receive compensation.

Includes: 

  • Uprising tee
  • Enamel pins and sticker pack
  • Early admittance to innovation workshops
  • Social media shout out
11 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
35.00 USD
Enamel Pins + Sticker Pack

Receive two enamel pins great for decorating your denim jacket or book bag and two stickers featuring Haitian revolutionaries. This option is especially great for those who weren't able to purchase the Uprising sneakers. 

27 Supporters
None available
25.00 USD
Innovation Workshop Attendance

Get first dibs to one of our innovation workshop where we do a deep dive into issues of Black liberation, Black identity world-wide and solutions to Black oppression.

8 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
Coffee Table Book Plus

Enjoy the coffee table book that we are currently working on. Our goal is to travel throughout Haiti to collect intimate narratives of locals along with their portraits and turn it into a coffee table book. Those who sit for photos will be compensated. This product is not yet available. 

Includes: 

  • Uprising tee
  • Enamel pins and sticker pack
  • Early admittance to innovation workshops
  • Social media shout out
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Twitter + Newsletter Shout Out

Get a shout out in our newsletter and on twitter with this reward!

2 Supporters
Select this reward