There is added value at every stage in the donation process:
- The donor gains more for their money as goods are bought in bulk at cheaper prices and at the click of a button rather than enduring the time and effort of buying the goods in person
- The charity gains only necessary goods, which reduces issues such as lack of storage space and increased workload due to having to sort out unusable, donated goods
- The homeless gain what they need and not what people think they need. There is a big difference!
The design of the business model means that it cannot unnecessarily hoard money that should be used on buying goods because the output of goods is dependent on the input of donations.
- We invest 100% of any profits back into the mission to help the homeless
- For each £6 donation, our streamlined strategy enables the homeless to gain goods that would have a retail cost of much more
- The £6 accounts for the cost of the goods and also inevitable outgoings, primarily comprising tax and administrative costs
- Enterprise growth shall benefit the homeless even further as economy of scales drives down costs of buying goods
Basically, just someone like you who wants to help and try to make a difference. This is the founder's introduction:
"I am Andrew, a bit of a country bumpkin at heart (yes, I even have a whippet at home in Yorkshire), and was lured to good old Manchester with work. Having initially wanted to study art I for some odd reason persuaded myself to study law and German.
"I then entered the professional world believing that I could make a difference; although I was very disappointed and for a long time I sought a more hands-on approach to helping people. Whilst sorting donated goods during voluntary work with a charity I had a light bulb moment and Adopt A Mensch was born. So out went the day job with unpredictable hours and in came a 9-5 job to pay the bills and give me the extra time to create this enterprise.
"No external funding was involved - just money from my own pocket along with strong belief and vision. Not forgetting lots of perseverance and hard work.
"Thank you for your time in coming across my idea; I hope it can be of service to you in helping the homeless."
From walking the streets and seeing the growing number of homeless and thinking 'I want to help but don't know how'. I appreciated the current modes of donations and wanted to develop a more innovative process. This is as a reaction to the usual time and effort taken in looking for, buying and then giving goods to a charity or giving money directly to the homeless person and wondering what it is actually going to be spent on. The initial question was: how can someone assist to create a responsible sense of community in a highly streamlined way?
So, it got you thinking didn't it?
Translated, "Mensch" is a Germanic word meaning human being.
Life's lottery just wasn't in the favour of the homeless Mensch; but they are still human. Like us.
Social enterprises are businesses which are set up to change the world. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profit that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating it to create positive social change. In the case of Adopt A Mensch 100% of profit is reinvested. Social enterprises exist in nearly every sector from consumer goods to healthcare, community energy to creative agencies, restaurants to facilities management. Well known examples include The Big Issue, Divine Chocolate and the Eden Project but there are over 70,000 social enterprises throughout the country contributing £24 billion to the economy and employing nearly a million people. It’s business for good and when they profit, society profits.
Adopt A Mensch is on a mission to provide the homeless with their essentials. This is whilst rewarding those who donate by reducing costs and hassle, as well as reinvesting profits back into the cause. No hoarding money. No wondering where your money is going to. Everyone benefits.
It is clear that people in need require attention in many ways and our initial offering is just the tip of the iceberg. Let's just say that with your assistance the sky is the limit.