Who We Are
PovertyCure exists to facilitate the global conversation on poverty and equip its participants with resources that promote lasting, enterprise-based solutions that affirm the role of individuals and families in turning around their situations. Every human bears the image of God – and we’re committed to support our network partners as they work to release that divine spark in communities around the world.
And everyone – businesses and nonprofits, government agencies and academics, longtime activists and the newly aware – everyone is invited to join the conversation. Every story counts – and we want to hear yours.
Our broad network of partners provides an amazing platform for connecting to new opportunities and ideas – they’re the real deal. And with you joining the conversation, it’s only going to get better.
The PovertyCure Conversation emerges from a shared belief among its partners in 3 core values:
Every human bears the image of God and should be treated with dignity. They are their own best answer to whatever poverty they are facing – we’re just here to help remove obstacles to the release of their own ideas and potential.
The solutions to poverty exists in the assets a community already has, the chiefs of which are human ingenuity and strong families. Aid may bring necessary short term relief, but only unleashed human potential can sustain a region’s prosperity.
- Humans flourish most in environments where private property, free association and the free exchange of ideas and goods are sponsored by a culture of trust and protected by the rule of law.
In his role, Patrick works closely with the Managing Director to develop and execute strategy to ensure maximum reach and impact of the PovertyCure Conversation. Patrick graduated from Bethel college with a degree in Economics, where he developed a passion for International Development and exploring ways to best help those living in underserved communities throughout the world. Patrick has served on multiple mission task force teams including two to the Dominican Republic and remains active in his local church. He currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Gerry is an experienced professional working with commercial and non-profit organizations engaged at the intersection of business, higher education, and policy. Immediately prior to joining the PovertyCure team, Gerry served as the Director of Business & Leadership Studies at the American Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (Washington, DC). In that role he was among the first to actively explore the application of market principles to the global development enterprise through partnerships with players in the NGO and business communities. Gerry and Joanna Hartis are residents Alexandria, VA.
Edward serves as a PovertyCure Associate, providing operations and research support.