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Community Highlights: Meet Mitchell Hanson of Young Visionaries Board

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mitchell Hanson.

Hi Mitchell, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
And Tom Whitten had put on a small glow-in-the-dark golf tournament for fun to raise some money for Foundation for Blind Children in 2018. While planning the 2019 tournament COVID hit and we had to cancel. With the extra time, we decided we could make this idea much bigger and we decided to create Young Visionaries Board, Inc. a 501c3 recognized organization.

We have (2) events every year to fundraise for our beneficiary, Foundation for Blind Children. A March Madness-style cornhole event and our original, One Club Classic which is a glow-in-the-dark night golf tournament where each player only gets to use one single club to navigate the golf course. We raised $6,000 for our first event and this year we just topped over $50,000 thanks to all of our generous donors and sponsors.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Not always. It’s tough when you are a young organization asking for money to build trust with a community when they have no data to justify giving to us. We can overcome some of these hurdles by partnering with Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) to share their story and the “why” of giving to us to benefit FBC.

As the years have gone on and we are starting to give a lot more money, it’s getting to be an easier sell to potential donors. It is also tough to find young motivated individuals that are truly interested in philanthropy. Luckily, we have found a great group of people who all share a like mindset of giving.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We are a 501(c)(3) organization and a group of young professionals between the ages of 25 and 35. We conduct fundraising and outreach efforts with and for the Foundation for Blind Children and introduce the next generation to philanthropy. Members of the YVB spread the name and mission of the Foundation for Blind Children through their involvement in the YVB as well as involvement in other charitable events and community activities.

The YVB is a platform for hardworking young professionals to launch their involvement in the Phoenix philanthropic community. The YVB raises money and awareness for the Foundation for Blind Children, a Phoenix, Arizona-based charity founded in 1952 by the parents of four blind children. The parents felt their sight-impaired children were not receiving the care and attention that they needed, so they formed FBC.

Today, FBC assists thousands of sight-impaired students from birth to death. FBC assists its students both physically and mentally. They provide top-notch medical care at no cost and show their students how much they are capable of. The mission of the Foundation for Blind Children is to provide education, tools, and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence.

What does success mean to you?
We believe success in our organization is being able to identify a problem within the visually impaired community that FBC can solve and providing them with funds and whatever else they may need to solve it.

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