Why We Do This Work

15 years after The Greater Contribution was founded, we continue our deep commitment to empowering impoverished women and girls in Uganda.

Why We Do This Work

15 years after The Greater Contribution was founded, we continue our deep commitment to empowering impoverished women and girls in Uganda.

Our Mission

We are committed to compassionately serve the poorest people and communities worldwide through a network of women, raising awareness and funds and using micro loans to support efforts to eliminate extreme poverty by 2025.

Our Core Values

  • We believe that all people are entitled to the basic necessities of life.
  • We believe in the value of all life regardless of race, creed or color.
  • We believe in the ability of even one person to make a difference in the lives of those living in impoverished conditions.
  • We believe that everyone has the right to live without suffering.
  • We believe that impoverished communities need more than a handout; they need help developing infrastructures to break the cycle of poverty.
  • We believe that what happens to one human being happens to us all.
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Woman reading a book.
Group of children playing.

How it All Started

t’s difficult to believe it’s been 15 years since I sat around my kitchen table with three friends – Diany Klein, Elise O’Keefe, and Kathy Tamashiro – discussing how we, and others, could make a greater contribution with our lives. We all had jobs with good incomes that provided comfortable lives. In the eyes of much of the world, we were affluent.

We thought of the more than 3 billion people, nearly half of the world’s population, living in poverty, struggling to survive on less than the equivalent of $2.50 a day. And we thought about the roughly 20,000 children who die each day due to poverty.

How do you begin to make a difference with these unbearable statistics? Yet nothing is impossible when like-minded people work together toward a common goal — and that is what motivated us to create The Greater Contribution.

Now, 15 years later, through the contributions of kind, compassionate people who have made a greater contribution with their gifts, we have provided more than 20,000 loans to women supporting large families — improving and enriching the lives of nearly 70,000 individuals.

These past 15 years have been some of the most rewarding years of my life. And I simply want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been a part of this amazing journey.

How it All Started

It’s difficult to believe it’s been 15 years since I sat around my kitchen table with three friends – Diany Klein, Elise O’Keefe, and Kathy Tamashiro – discussing how we, and others, could make a greater contribution with our lives. We all had jobs with good incomes that provided comfortable lives. In the eyes of much of the world, we were affluent.

We thought of the more than 3 billion people, nearly half of the world’s population, living in poverty, struggling to survive on less than the equivalent of $2.50 a day. And we thought about the roughly 20,000 children who die each day due to poverty.

How do you begin to make a difference with these unbearable statistics? Yet nothing is impossible when like-minded people work together toward a common goal — and that is what motivated us to create The Greater Contribution.

Now, 15 years later, through the contributions of kind, compassionate people who have made a greater contribution with their gifts, we have provided more than 20,000 loans to women supporting large families — improving and enriching the lives of nearly 70,000 individuals.

These past 15 years have been some of the most rewarding years of my life. And I simply want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been a part of this amazing journey.

-Karon Wright
Woman in knit hat smiling on camera.
Group of women sitting outside.
Group of children playing.
Woman reading a book.

Join Us in Our Efforts to Eliminate Extreme Poverty.