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At its fundamental level, Community Link Foundation (CLF) offers training for Community Organizations and Schools to understand and utilize a creative, dependable, long-term revenue source for the purpose of saving for children’s education. This is achieved through the innovative Ferdinand Fund Roundup and Rewards credit/debit card program that facilitates and links new partnerships for educational savings between individual consumers and participating business organizations’ rewards.

CLF is inspired by the principle that the act of saving for education creates healthier, more productive human relationships and communities. Today, many families and individuals are restricted in their capacity to easily save by outmoded models that inhibit their contributions to an educational fund for their children. CLF seeks to rekindle people’s desire and enable their ability to save for education as a natural part of the process of their everyday spending through the Ferdinand Fund Roundup and Rewards credit/debit card program. Training is also provided to illustrate how families’ educational savings are significantly augmented in this innovative program.

The venture holds the promise of social innovation in many areas.

The innovations include:

  • Enhancing the capacity of all spenders to participate more freely and fully in saving for children’s present and future education through the Ferdinand Fund Roundup APP for Education
  • Providing an innovative model that facilitates and improves the way businesses donate a percentage of gross proceeds to Children’s Savings Accounts for education
  • Fostering and supporting community-based projects that effect positive social and educational change

At its deepest level, CLF seeks to create a new type of marketplace - one that places human caring and creativity at the center of economic transactions and fosters the development of new educational and social capabilities.

CLF will achieve this goal by:

  • Designing the means to enable families to become more closely connected to the organizations and schools they support
  • Fostering dialogue at the community level on the health of society and promoting local initiatives for change, especially in the area of education and the resources to fund it.
  • Developing a Foundation School of leadership and organizational development, in the service of broad-based social transformation and saving for education.
  • Supporting and facilitating innovative research on major social issues, in such fields as education, health and human services