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Inspirational Quote

A person who has a cat by the tail knows a whole lot more about cats than someone who has just read about them.
Mark Twain

About Us

In the early years of the 20th century, ordinary citizens began to organize around extraordinary community needs — social welfare, social justice, youth development, mental health, philanthropy and voluntarism. Their efforts often led to the creation of charitable organizations, many of which have served their communities for more than 100 years. Inspired by the enduring impact of the original social entrepreneurs, a small group of committed individuals joined forces to establish the Human Spirit Initiative.

The Human Spirit Initiative is a volunteer-driven association that seeks to spur others to emulate the social movement pioneers. We produce and distribute their stories, based on historical events and published as monographs. These brief, engaging profiles are filled with lessons relevant to both present and future generations. By making the stories available at little or no cost, and by serving as a resource for contemporary and future social entrepreneurs, we hope to spark new awareness and purposeful action, to mobilize the human spirit in the minds and hearts of our readers.

Our vision:

Greater understanding of and commitment to strengthening civil society through individual initiative and collective endeavors in building community.

Our mission:

To inspire people to build healthy, diverse, inclusive community.

The Human Spirit Initiative is proud to be a member of the National Human Services Assembly, an association of the nation’s leading national non-profits in the fields of health, human and community development, and human services.