October, 16, 2014

The Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance Do Good. Better

Since everyone will contribute to philanthropy in some form over their lifetime, the Ballard Center provides students the tools necessary to ensure they make the largest impact possible in those endeavors. The interactive Do Good Better exhibition illustrates concepts such as:

  • The importance of organizations that promote self-reliance, and
  • How to recognize high-impact organizations

Individuals seek to do good all over the world, but without appropriate knowledge and skills, zeal can do more harm than good.  Through courses and field experience, Ballard Center students gain valuable education, enabling them to make significant, lasting, and positive impact.

When I donate my time or resources, am I giving in a way that fosters dependency or encourages self-reliance?

Through ventures, internships, and courses that promote economic self-reliance, the Ballard Center looks to the example of Elder Melvin J. Ballard, the center’s namesake and the founding chair of the Church Welfare Program, in seeking to help others break the cycle of hopelessness. They do so by providing individuals the skills or resources they need to stand on their own rather than depending on outside assistance to survive.

“The Lord’s way consists of helping people help themselves.”

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

The programs the students develop are rated by innovation, impact, scale, sustainability, and self-reliance. Because not all programs fit this model, there are failures as well as successes, but even failures can be used to redesign a program for success.