NO POVERTY is one of 17 Goals For Sustainable Development we learned about in conversations with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates blessed us through #GlobalGoalsWeek with a broader vision for #EconomicInclusion, demonstrating endless possibilities for connecting friends with means to friends in need.




Since 1998, organizers for YOUTH ACHIEVERS USA INSTITUTE have promoted cooperative economics through historic brands such as FAS. The reintroduction of Free African Society (FAS2) at the 48th Quadrennial Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church promoted community reinvestment opportunities for corporate, government and philanthropic investors in collaborative efforts to reduce poverty and restore trust.

Altruistic efforts aimed at combatting poverty have emerged throughout the process of forming a "more perfect union."


Historically, FREE AFRICAN SOCIETY (FAS) was founded in the spring of 1787 in Philadelphia, shortly before the Constitutional Convention was held in the city. Richard Allen, a Methodist preacher, and Absalom Jones rejected the second-class status blacks were forced into at their white-dominated Methodist church. The men and their supporters wanted to create an independent group to meet African-American needs. They designed the Free African Society as a mutual aid society to help support widows and orphans, as well as the sick or unemployed. They supported the education of children, or arranged apprenticeships if the children could not attend one of the free schools that were developed.


The FAS provided social and economic guidance, and medical care. It also helped new citizens establish their new sense of self-determination. While teaching thriftiness and how to save to build wealth, it became the model for banks in the African-American community. To encourage responsibility and create a common aid fund, the FAS asked members to pay dues of one shilling per month. If they failed to pay dues for three months, they were cut off from the society, no longer able to share in its benefits. The dues collected were the fund for the community service projects that the FAS organized. Among these was a food program to help support the community’s poor and widowed.

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