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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What organizations or types of organization does One Unified Team support?
    We're not so much focused on specific nonprofit organizations ("NPO") or types of NPO. Rather, we're focused primarily on education and secondarily on food security. That means we're open to engaging other federally recognized 501(c)(3) NPO that's working on these focus areas within the city of Quincy, Massachusetts. Examples of NPO's we can partner with include, but are not limited to, a public school within the Quincy Public School system; a public school's 501(c)(3) parent-teacher organization (PTO), a local 501(c)(3) food pantry provider, or a 501(c)(3) NPO that's trying to jumpstart a food pantry program for their neighborhood or needs to fill a program gap. Again, our focus areas are education (primary) and food security (secondary).
  • Why is One Unified Team focusing on improving just the state of education and food security? Why not focus on housing security as well?
    Like every NPO out there, we'd love to tackle every problem facing our local community. The reality is we can't. To be successful, we want to start by doing the smaller things first and doing them well. We're focusing on projects that advance the educational experience and outcome, and to a lesser extent, projects that improve the state of food security because we know they won't break our bank. It's mighty expensive to tackle housing security. It's also comforting to know that there are already local NPO's working on housing security. If we're going to be successful, we can't take on more than we can handle. If we do, we could very well fail, and no one benefits when that happens. We're constantly reminding ourselves of the top 5 reasons why non-profits fail.
  • Why is One Unified Team focusing on just Quincy, Massachusetts? Why not help neighboring cities and towns as well?
    Similar to how we want to start by doing the smaller things first, we also want to do them locally. And there's no place more local than our home city of Quincy, Massachusetts. Our perspective is that we should take care of our own backyard first before expanding our reach. It's like if you were an airline passenger, you would put the oxygen mask on yourself first before helping others on the flight. Similarly, you would mow your own lawn first, and if you still have enough power in your lawnmower, cut your neighbor's grass. The way we're thinking is no different. It's also worth noting that neighboring cities and towns may already have their own local NPO's dedicated to their own community. So, we firmly believe that focusing our resources on our own city of Quincy, Massachusetts just makes a whole lot of sense.
  • How big is One Unified Team?
    We just got started in Q1 2024 so we're very new and small. In fact, we're operated on a part-time basis from a home office. Many people think private foundations as these really big organizations with billions of dollars of assets. The reality is most of them are much smaller and they're founded by individuals, families, or corporations whose names nobody recognizes. Most of them are founded by just regular people who've acquired a comfortable level of financial independence, have a little bit of money left over, and want to use it to help their local community or tackle a cause they're passionate about. So, to answer your question, we're very small and we're going to stay that way for a while. We believe philanthropy in any shape or size is a steady, long-term journey towards strengthening a community.
  • How is One Unified Team funded? Where does it get the funding to take on projects?
    The funding for our projects comes from income generated from our investments in the market. A well performing market means more funding and vice-versa. Again, we're a federally recognized 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation. We're also registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Nonprofit Corporation. We're completely self-funded, and as such, we DO NOT request or accept donations from others.
  • How much support can One Unified Team provide?
    While we don't impose a firm limit on the number of advisory / consultancy hours per project, we do limit funding to no more than $2,500 per project. We're simply too small to exceed this amount per project. Only projects pertaining to college scholarships and secondary event sponsorships are exempt from this rule. That's why we'll only take on small-scale projects that can be completed within a short timeframe. While this amount may seem like a drop in the bucket for a large 501(c)(3) NPO carrying out complex operations costing millions annually, it's plenty for a small NPO where every dollar counts. That doesn't mean we won't partner with any of the larger 501(c)(3) NPOs. It just means our cap per project still stands. Also, we won't fund any 501(c)(3) NPO by clicking on the "Donate" button on their website. That's just not how we operate. As we invest in our community, we want to gradually build and sustain lasting relationships with local nonprofits we're helping. To do that, we want to actively partner with them on very specific project(s) that deliver a clearly articulated value to the local community. This really is the best way for us to deeply understand and empathize with their mission, their goals, and their challenges. And it also allows them to benefit from our advisory / consultancy when needed. The use of the "Donate" button, while perfect for some individual donor who doesn't truly care where their money will go or how it will be used, just feels a bit transactional. Perhaps this is why recently published data shows a modest year-over-year decline in donations across most donor categories. We're not interested in transactional relationships because they usually don't last. Rather, we want a meaningful transformational relationship with our nonprofit partners. In addition, we would typically write mini grants of up to $2,500 per project, and that doesn't even include our advisory / consultancy hours. When considering this amount of time and money with a goal of building lasting relationships, we do want to be more substantively involved. And that's honestly the right approach for us.
  • How do I engage with One Unified Team on a project?
    If you're a federally recognized 501(c)(3) NPO, registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a non-profit entity, and are already offering Quincy residents a product or service that improves the state of education or food security, please navigate to our Contact page and complete the simple form. While we can't fund every project out there, we can certainly offer some level of advisory / consultancy support and that itself is often worth engaging us.
  • Can One Unified Team sponsor community events?
    While we won't single-handedly sponsor a community event of any size, we could consider taking on a secondary sponsorship role if there is a primary sponsor that is already performing all operational planning and execution responsibilities including, but not limited to: sales, marketing, venue acquisition, indemnification, physical and logical security, food & beverage. We're simply too small to deal with those things. If we ever play a primary sponsorship role for an event, it would be a very small event.
  • Is One Unified Team associated or affiliated with any political or religious organization?
    No, we're not associated or affiliated with any political or religious organization. Considering the nature of what we do, there's no need for it. We just need to share a little bit of our time, our energy, our sense of care and compassion, and a little funding where needed. None of that is political or religious.
  • How can I donate to One Unified Team?
    As a small private foundation, our core business is in mini-grantmaking, selected charitable activities, and advisory / consultancy support for small-scale projects that can be completed within a short timeframe. We're completely self-funded, and as such, we DO NOT request or accept donations from others. If you want to donate to a worthy cause, there's no shortage of NPO's out there seeking money to sustain their operations. Just do your own research for NPOs that align with the cause you're passionate about so you can donate with clear intentions and a sense of purpose.
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