Some of you might not know that the “U” in UC Funds stands for “Ubuntu.” It’s a South African word that means “I am because of you.” Ubuntu perfectly embodies my philosophy when I started UC Funds back in 2010. I knew that without our clients, employees, and the relationships built over the past 20+ years, we would not be as successful and I would not be in the position I am today.
With that in mind, I established the Palmier Foundation in 2014 to give back and make a difference to those less fortunate. I believe that giving is God’s will and therefore not a choice, but an obligation. Being able to help others is truly a blessing that comes from him.
We were recently able to make three large donations to worthwhile causes. First up, we have announced an additional $100,000 in donations to the Asian Christian Academy (ACA), bringing our total donations to $325,000. We have long been involved with the ACA, which provides post-graduate theological training and Christian education in India.
This $100,000 will be used for the construction and opening of the first building for The ACA College of Arts and Sciences in Bangalore, India, the first Christian college of its kind in the country. It will also fund needed infrastructure, classrooms, and educational design of ACA’s curriculum. The first incoming class is expected July 2018.
Additionally, we continue to support the newly created Perspectives Ministries, which cares for widows and the fatherless, through mentoring, assistance in daily activities, and prayer.
We’ve also announced a donation of $16,000 to The Children and Athletes Regenerative MEDicine (CHARMED) Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to discover new ways to help the body heal itself in order to save children’s lives and extend athletes’ careers.
Look to this blog in the next few months for updates on the new college, and other pursuits of our work at The Palmier Foundation.
On October 22, I will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money through the Palmier Foundation for InterVol, a not-for-profit whose mission is to recover viable unused medical supplies from hospitals and clinics and distribute them to those in need. We’re hoping to raise $26,200 for InterVol—a rate of $1,000 per mile. If you’d like to help us reach our donation goal and assist this great organization, you can make a pledge on The Palmier Foundation’s CrowdRise page.