Global Nonprofit Organization Billion Strong launches crowdfunding campaign to help create an internal movement for people with disabilities (PwDs) around the world.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 1.3 billion PwDs around the world. And while creating a global community of 1.3 billion people might seem like a lofty goal, Billion Strong, a global nonprofit organization for and by PwDs, only continues to increase its passion and momentum. This week, Billion Strong launched its crowdfunding campaign on Mightycause, an online donation and fundraising platform that’s tailored for nonprofit communities. The funds will go towards Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Billion Strong and set the groundwork for connecting PwDs all around the world.
“The goal of Billion Strong,” says Dr. LaMondre Pough, the CEO of Billion Strong, “is to help PwDs find their own empowerment and move forward. We want to make it sustainable by creating a loop of identity, education, professional development, and economic empowerment. And we want to honor and recognize all of the intersectionalities that exist within our beautiful community.” He also acknowledges that building a global organization is a massive undertaking and will require global support. “We encourage people to join the movement. If you have a disability, love someone with a disability, or are an ally or an accomplice, join the movement by going to www.billion-strong.org.”
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Billion Strong Executive Chair Debra Ruh, who is also CEO of Ruh Global IMPACT and well known around the world as a disability rights’ advocate, is handling all partnerships for the nonprofit. “We want representatives in every single country and every single state. Currently, we have advisors/partners in Algeria, Amsterdam, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Germany, Ghana, Holland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Oman, Panama, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Sierra Leona, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Tunisia, Uganda, UAE, USA, Vietnam, Wales, and Yemen. In addition, several UN agencies are supporting our efforts.”
Donations will help support the development of a global ecosystem where PwDs voices will be heard and valued, a marketplace with inclusive e-commerce technology, R&D, education and resources, a shared economy model, support for entrepreneurs with disabilities and social entrepreneurs without disabilities, technology development, and making the community discoverable by corporations who want to include PwDs as employees, customers, and vendors.
To donate to the Billion Strong crowdfunding campaign, visit their organization page on Mightycause (www.mightycause.com/organization/Billion-Strong). For more information about Billion Strong and how you can get involved, visit the website (www.billion-strong.org).
Note: Billion Strong Corp is in process for IRS tax exemption as a 501(c)(3) public charity. During this pending approval period, your donation IS NOT tax-deductible. The application process can take 6 to 9 months or more to process and is not in our control. Upon approval, donations are deductible retroactively up to 27 months to our formation date of April 01, 2021.
Billion Strong is an identity and empowerment organization designed to bring the billions of voices of persons with disabilities together. It is a global community of persons with lived experiences of disabilities that also celebrates its allies and accomplices. Billion Strong will embrace and support the global community, which includes entrepreneurs with disabilities and other diverse groups, with professional development, training, mentoring, coaching, education, and programs to assure that employers know how to find qualified candidates with disabilities all over the world.