It’s been a year of change and growth for The ONE Foundation. While transitioning from The Palmier Foundation to The ONE Foundation, we assisted more than 15 charitable partners in their efforts to improve the lives of individuals and communities in need. We had a productive 2018, with more than $300,000 raised in donations.
Our transition to The ONE Foundation came with our founder Dan Palmier’s choice to expand the focus of the Foundation’s efforts by spreading the message of unity and equality for everyone. The change was inspired by our strong belief that the world’s population must unite in service of ONE God who loves all people unconditionally. Now officially known as The ONE Foundation we continue to serve as one of the most active philanthropies in the United States, combining financial resources, education, social services, and volunteerism to support diverse causes.
We spent much of 2018 working to improve global health. We made great progress with our longtime charitable partner Intervol, a Rochester, New York-based not-for-profit focused on recovering viable unused medical supplies from hospitals and clinics and distributing them around the world to underserved communities. In October, for the second year in a row, we set out to support InterVol in the Marine Corps Marathon. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we proudly presented InterVol with a check for $100,000, topping last year’s donation of $71,600. On race day, Palmier further demonstrated his support by running alongside Team InterVol as a fellow advocate for higher quality healthcare worldwide.
We also proudly donated to American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Kelly Cares Foundation this year. We’re hopeful these donations will help bring comfort to individuals and families impacted by heart disease, dementia, and breast cancer.
We continued supporting family health with our Bostonian neighbor and charitable partner Elizabeth Stone House, a not-for-profit assisting adult and child survivors of domestic violence, mental illness, housing instability, and substance abuse in need of shelter, safety, and stability. This year we participated in the in Elizabeth Stone House’s Fifth Annual Golf Tournament as a gold sponsor, helping to raise $30,000 for a new house allowing the organization to meet the needs of Boston area adults and children. We’ve also extended our support of families through Caritas Communities, an organization working to prevent homelessness.
We demonstrated our strong support for environmental preservation this year, with donations to two local environmental organizations in Gulf Shores, Alabama: Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF’s) Share the Beach Program and The Backcountry Trail Foundation. Each received $15,000 for their honorable preservation efforts.
Our donation gave the Share the Beach Program access to additional resources aiding in the protection of newly hatched turtles starting their journey to the ocean. The donation to Gulf State Park’s Backcountry Trail Preservation is helping to keep Gulf Shores’ extensive wilderness healthy and healthy and pristine. Environmental sustainability is a cause we care deeply about at the ONE Foundation. Our efforts today will have a great impact on the health of future generations.
We’ve also focused on education, making major progress in our partnership with the Asian Christian Academy (ACA), which provides post-graduate theological training and Christian education in India. The Foundation donated more than $400,000 to date towards ACA’s education mission, much of which has gone towards the construction and opening of its College of Arts and Sciences in Bangalore.
This summer, landscaping, water, roadways, and other infrastructure were started for the school. Architectural work is now underway and the much-anticipated build is expected to begin in 2019.
We’ve worked on projects closer to home as well, assisting the students and faculties of the University of Notre Dame, Newton Country Day School, Monsignor Farrell High School, and St. Christopher’s School. At the same time, we’ve continued expanding our work with ministries of many denominations, Christian, Judeo-Christian, and more. Recent projects include collaborations with Rivertown Church and Perspective Ministries.
It’s humbling to look back at our extensive work over the past year. Dan Palmier’s daily involvement with The ONE Foundation’s efforts has been integral in building strong relationships with each organization we assist. The entire Foundation team is motivated to “walk the talk,” by playing in the charity tournaments, running the marathons, and picking up the phone for philanthropic outreach is rare and valuable.
“2018 was an incredible year for One Foundation,” said Palmier. “We’re so grateful for our generous donors and dedicated charitable partners. Our mission to extend God’s singular desire for equality, care, and growth has positively impacted the lives of many and we look forward to further spreading His message of unity and ONEness.”