I started a non-profit in 2016 to support local initiatives based around community building and sustainability. I founded the organization without the help of lawyers or tax professionals, a process I recommend for anyone interested in starting an organization of their own. It led me to understand the process of forming a corporate entity, something I had absolutely no experience with. I wrote the bylaws for the organization and also appointed a board of directors who oversees the non-profit. I also created the website, brand, mission statement, and just about everything else involved with the project.
We started selling a few items to support Syrians and Palestinians. Soap, tea, creosote oil (that I harvest myself here in Tucson), and so on. Little gifts people could purchase and a portion of the proceeds would go to help organizations on the ground working in the countries that created the products.
In November of 2016, I was awarded a $120k Google grant for Llacuna, and we used that grant to create a marketing strategy that furthered the ideas and values of the organization.
In 2019, the organization changed its focus, dropping the online shop in favor of building technology to support the our mission. Since then, we have built a web presence for Tucson based groups focusing on social justice, independent media, and immigration. Llacuna publishes research and writings while organizing communities around sustainability.
Currently, we are creating an envoy of ambassadors to represent issues and causes globally. If you’re interested in taking a stance on issues and working collectively to fix those issues you see unsustainable with the world, apply!
Below is a sample of Llacuna’s bylaws:
Declaration of Interdependence
3.1 We envision a global economy that uses business as a force for good. As a leader in this new economy, we believe:
That we must be the change we wish to see in the world.
That all business ought be conducted as if people and place matter.
That, through their products, practices and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.
To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each interdependent upon one another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.