Lift Kids is Empowering Children Around the World


Lift Kids is a Minnesota-based non-profit organization taking action on the plight of impoverished children via a philanthropic franchise model centered on what they call a Lift Kids Village. By partnering United States immigrants with local non-governmental organizations in host countries, they create sustainable village communities according to a model that can be replicated around the world.

The primary distinguishing factor between Lift Kids and non-profits operating in a similar capacity is that their entire operations revolve around the concept of sustainability. Therefore, the villages they build are created with a mission to become self-sustaining subsequent to their volunteers and trained experts departing. Local villagers can replicate methods of education and agriculture to continue lifting themselves out of poverty for years to come.

To ensure 100% of all donations are allocated directly to Lift Kids Villages around the world, Lift Kids must generate revenues to support their local operations. Therefore, they have created a Lift Kids St. Paul Village. Their St. Paul Village has two components, a coffee shop called Global Village and an Entrepreneurial Training Center, with three small enterprises – Apparel Manufacturing, Used Computer Sales, and Picture Framing.

Each of these operations generates revenue, which will be used to support local operations. Additionally, these operations are directly correlated to the mission of Lift Kids because they allow the organization to become self-sustaining locally and therefore demonstrate their core value of sustainability in the villages they serve around the world.

If you are interested in becoming involved in Lift Kids, take a look at their causes page on facebook, or their website.

Lift Kids


  • Lift Kids is a non-profit organization which builds sustainable villages around the world for children and their families. They execute this vision through a franchised-based model of village which empowers locals to run businesses and create value.
  • Organization Type: Non-Profit
  • Website:
  • Founder(s):Joseph Barrett
  • Founded: 2006
  • Location:St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Erik is a perpetually curious social innovator. As a serial entrepreneur, Erik knows a thing or two about change. As a co-founder of SocialEarth, Erik hopes to channel his passion for social advocacy into an innovative venue of social awareness for others.

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