Featured Non-Profit – The Last Mile
It is important to us to give back to our community and support causes we believe in. Because of this conviction, each month we choose a non-profit and donate 5% of our profit in the name of Smart Monkey.
Our donation for August this year went to The Last Mile.
From their website:
Five years ago, Chris Redlitz entered San Quentin State Prison for the first time. Because of his background in venture capital, he was invited to speak to a group of men about business and entrepreneurship. He was so impressed by the men’s level of business knowledge and desire to learn, he began to nurture the idea of creating a Technology Accelerator inside the prison. His wife and business partner, Beverly Parenti, was not immediately enamored with the idea, but they agreed to immerse themselves into the issue of incarceration in America, and find a path to help resolve this daunting problem:
- The US contains 5% of the world population
- 25% of the world’s incarcerated population
- Since the 1970s our prison population has grown 700%
- Prison spending for state and federal institutions is nearly $48 BILLION a year
- Recidivism rate is over 60%
Beverly agreed to join Chris on a journey to create The Last Mile (TLM). Since its inception The Last Mile has generated a groundswell of support for criminal justice across America. Never before have we experienced such a cooperative, non-partisan effort to curb the problem of mass incarceration. Imagine if we could break the cycle of incarceration and instead of spending tax dollars for prison, we could spend these tax dollars on higher education, and provide educational opportunities for youth in underserved communities. This would enable them to choose a different path than one of crime. With education and career training opportunities we could break the generational cycle of incarceration. There’s plenty of proof that the impact of one man’s incarceration is felt by families and communities for decades.
If you are a Non-Profit, a Military Vet, or Previously Incarcerated, Smart Monkey Web Works supports you. We offer 20% off all Website Builds and Maintenance. Contact us to see what we can offer you.