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Daily Inspiration: Meet Elizabeth Venable

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Venable.

Hi Elizabeth, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
The Fund for Empowerment was founded in 2018 with the mission “To build community resources for oppressed and marginalized people, via direct services, capacity-building training, and project support.” We work to enable people with voices that are excluded from society to speak and be a part of the civic process. We have an intensive leadership building program and train people in public speaking so that they can share their own perspectives. We particularly focus on homeless individuals.

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?
When we started, it was largely self-funded on a small budget. However Elizabeth Venable has been trained as a grant writer. We were awarded small but supportive grant funding as well as some individual and corporate donations. Since then we have grown to an organization with a small-midsize budget, and which has the capacity to carry out our mission. Some of the struggles are lack of acceptance of homeless voices. This makes our programs even more unique. There are basically no other programs in Maricopa County like us, which do direct leadership development and civic participation of homeless. This makes it both hard and more easy to get funding. Those funders which are interested in what we do are very passionate.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Elizabeth Venable is a fundraiser who has raised approximately 1,000,000 for charity, including over 500,000 in grants. She has raised money for a wide variety of causes including humanitarian, education, social service, environmental and advocacy. She is known for precision and accuracy in writing and developing budget. She is most proud of her long lasting impact on things she has helped to save, including multiple nonprofits.

The Fund for Empowerment is pleaded with its ability to educate homeless persons about their civil rights and to develop community. We have met with City of Phoenix officials and spoken at city council meetings. We have developed confidence in the people whim we mobilize.

We are set apart from others because we nurture leadership in populations which are often excluded from leading.

What matters most to you? Why?
Poverty and inequality alleviation means the most to us. This must include multiple methods for supporting and encouraging people to develop skills. as well as be supported by public and private programs providing necessities. A multipronged approach is needed. However homeless voices should be included in all discussions of homelessness. There is a phrase, nothing about us, without us, which we observe.

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