Who we are.
The Tolerance, Equality, and Awareness Movement (“TEAM”) is a 501(c)(3) federally tax-exempt human rights organization with a charitable purpose that is charitable and educational in furtherance of a 21st century human rights agenda.
“Mission”: It is the mission of The Tolerance, Equality, and Awareness Movement (TEAM) to establish, educate, and advocate a 21st century human rights agenda and to work towards the fulfillment of human rights for all through charitable endeavors.
“Vision”: It is the vision of The Tolerance, Equality, and Awareness Movement (TEAM) to be the leading resource center and advocacy group on human rights in the State of Michigan by 2015 to chart the course to becoming a larger, national organization.
What we believe.
We have established the basis for a 21st century human rights agenda, which means that we are working towards a world that is all-inclusive and encompassing of every cultural group. We believe that in the different cultural groups, there is a distinct definition of what “human rights” are. Human rights are rights that you have or should have simply because you are human.
If we can establish a common ground with different cultural groups, we can understand how to best create positive changes in our world and secure human rights for every man, woman, and child.
Our organization heavily relies on collaboration to thrive. In order to collaborate, we must have cultural competency to understand the array of human rights issues.
What we do.
We educate the community on human rights.
We empower the community to use their voice.
We collaborate with our partners to add their voice to our cause.
This comes in a variety of forms:
- Organizing a discussion panel or education event.
- Advocating for changes to policies and helping government work smarter. It makes no sense for governments to have policies that condone discrimination, that cause talent to flee from businesses, and the like.
- Creating events that bring substantial community value.
- Creating resources for people to learn.
- Creating support groups for people that desire a voice.
- Providing services to the community to make our community stronger.
- Providing relief to an ailing community, whether it be assistance to recover from a disaster or tragedy.
- Community Capacity-Building: We want to make people feel empowered to overcome challenges and obstacles in life. There are many out there that are hurt from joblessness and poverty, HIV/AIDS and cancer, inability to attain an affordable education, and other issues. We want to bring people higher and build them up to confront challenges and overcome adversity.
Where we do it.
We work right here in Grand Rapids, MI to create change in West Michigan. We hope to expand to larger horizons to bring our message of a 21st century human rights agenda to everyone. Our website is read by people in 136 countries and all 50 states of the United States.
How we do it.
Our core values define what we believe and how we work to bring about dialogue on human rights. We have a variety of these core values that can best be summed up into two acronyms: CHART and ACE-IT. If we “chart” our course, we can “ace it,” that being human rights.
CHART stands for: Community, Honesty, Accountability, Responsibility, and Transparency.
ACE-IT stands for: Activism, Collaboration, Education, Inclusion, and TEAMwork.
Very simply, we must have the ground basis of CHART before we can have the driving force of ACE-IT. CHART is the very basis of our core values in how we believe organizations should work. ACE-IT is how we deliver upon our charitable purpose, which includes your involvement.
Why we do it.
We do this because inequality is evident. We do this because we have faced discrimination. TEAM was founded out of a discriminatory business climate, and it took a group of people to create that vision for a better tomorrow. A lack of human rights and dignity harm us all. So, we are going to take our experiences and yours to make a world in which human rights are a human reality.
We believe through our strategic approach that
“A Different World Is Possible.”
Nonprofit Information- Organizing Documents
Articles of Incorporation and Annual State Reports
Charitable Solicitation License
CLICK HERE and enter Attorney General Filing Number #45834
Official Recognition by the City of Grand Rapids Board of Commissioners:
Tax-Exemption Status Letter (Approved under Section 501(c)(3) on September 7, 2011)
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