November 2021 Community Letter

Dear Friends of Simple Charity,

In 2014, a group of friends and I started Simple Charity as a high school club in Forsyth County, GA. We set a crazy goal of raising $100k to fight global poverty in Jesus’s Name. God moved in a powerful way that year, inspiring our community to raise over $60,000 for charity! Since then, empowering student leaders has been an important part of Simple Charity’s work. In this letter I share:

  • An overview of our resources for college chapters
  • A spotlight on our Duke chapter

To our many financial partners, thank you so much for your continued generosity. Your gifts empower our ministry! To those who are not yet Core Supporters, learn more here.

College Chapter Resources

Our college chapters are led by student-volunteers who are passionate about our mission. We believe that students are capable of great leadership, so our approach is to create resources and a support network to empower them to lead. We currently have three main resources to help our college students create transformational communities of practice on their campuses.

Simple Charity’s college chapter resources

New Chapter Handbook. Our New Chapter Handbook is everything that a student leader needs to start and run a chapter of Simple Charity. The handbook includes a section on how to register a student organization, roles and responsibilities for student leaders, best practices on community formation, fundraiser how-to guides, and more. If you or a student you know is interested in starting a chapter of Simple Charity on their campus to fight poverty in Jesus’s Name, please reach out to us! We would love to help you launch and build a chapter.

The Good Life and Poverty. This resource is our curriculum of 15 Bible studies that our chapters go through over the course of the school year. These studies look at key passages in Scripture on poverty and the role that the people of God have in alleviating it. This resource also contains an episode-by-episode discussion guide for our podcast, Two Coins, which tells the stories of people around the world who have experienced poverty and injustice firsthand.

Thinking Outside the Fundraising Box. The original Simple Charity high school club raised over $60k to fight poverty. Inspired by this experience, we created a playbook for how one college chapter could raise $50k in one year. While there is not an expectation for every one of our college chapters to commit to this God-sized goal, we offer the playbook to our students to inspire their imagination for what’s possible.

Chapter Spotlight: Duke University

As I write this letter, our Duke chapter is doing another of their hallmark Eat Panda for Charity fundraisers where they encourage students to eat at a Panda Express on campus and a portion of the profits goes to charity! The organization they are supporting today is Edify, a nonprofit that empowers educational entrepreneurs to start and lead schools in developing countries. This fundraiser is a great way to get Simple Charity’s name out on Duke’s campus and to slowly change the culture by bringing awareness to great causes while demonstrating that followers of Christ are called to love in action.

So far this semester, the Duke chapter has done multiple Panda Express fundraisers, a spike ball tournament for charity, and a weekly fundraiser called “Five Dollar Fridays” where they encourage students to give $5 to a different charity each week. They also organized a Secret Church Bible study about the gospel and generosity with Dr. David Platt. The Duke chapter is a wonderful community of practice that is living out Simple Charity’s values on campus.

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If you are not a Core Supporter (or if you don’t know what that means) I would love to find 45 minutes to connect on the mission and vision of Simple Charity and share how you can support us. You can use this link to schedule a video call with me.

We believe that solidarity with the poor is global, essential and part of the abundant life. We believe that loving the poor is a component of being a disciple of Jesus. God has called us to bring the idea and practice of solidarity with the poor to more and more Christians throughout this country. Thank you for being a part of our story!

With gratitude,

Brian Grasso
Founder & CEO | Simple Charity
770-871-8540 | brian@simplecharity.org


“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency
in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
2nd Corinthians 9:8

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