According to the World Bank, over half of the earth’s population lives on less than $2 per day…while a third of the earth’s population survives on less than $1 a day. Powell B. Gillenwater, III, (“Gil”) the founder of the Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc. has traveled extensively throughout the world visiting over 50 countries and has experienced the poverty of the under-privileged first hand. Poverty is a vicious cycle, a prison from which there is little hope of escape or freedom. Gil believes that “opportunity” and “freedom” are synonymous. In his capacity as the Founder and President of the Scottsdale-based Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, Inc., over the years Gil has improved the lives of thousands of people along the United States/Mexico border by creating opportunities for them to help themselves. This has been achieved through first hand and well studied investment in health, education, housing, development infrastructure and business.
Gil believes that grass-roots philanthropy is most effective when each party gives to the other and when both parties are actively involved in the exchange – givers become receivers and receivers become givers. Through one-on-one service to others it is the Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc’s goal to work to alleviate the material poverty of underprivileged while at the same time bringing purpose and greater meaning to the lives of its donors. This Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc’s operating philosophy is called, “reciprocal giving”.
The Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc. is not welfare in the traditional sense of the word. Rather it focuses on the democratic redistribution of opportunity. Accordingly, all of the Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc. donations are meticulously designed and designated to nurture and liberate human potential – not stifle it thru misguided charitable handouts.
One of Gil’s basic tenets is that it is our personal charge to alleviate suffering is all its myriad forms – from the material suffering of the inopportuned to the spiritual suffering of the wealthy to the base suffering of mistreated and abandoned animals. Accordingly, the Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc. seeks to design and support programs that address each of these conditions.
The Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc. has been established to support the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, Inc., and other organizations with similar objectives. However, the Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc. will expand this mission to include distant destinations and a more global presence.
It is the mission of the Guardian Warrior Foundation, Inc. to travel the world and seek out one-on-one situations that can be drastically improved by providing opportunity through well placed, no-overhead donations leveraged by experience and the value proposition of the U.S. dollar.