RESCUING ONE, IMPACTS MANY
The 188 Foundation is a direct philanthropy alliance formed by our generous donors, Concentric’s elite network an innate capability, and our carefully curated partners. The Foundation sits within a unique trifurcation of capability, access, and need. Due to our unique position, we believe it’s our moral responsibility and honor to assist those who need it most. Rescuing just one person creates perpetual ripples, affecting many. We inherently know that effort will always be worth it.
When our donors commit to supporting 188, their donation is directly tied to a mission. Within days, we can provide faces of those rescued by our donor’s funds. We use less than 1% of our donations on overhead. When donations exceed rescue operations, we identify pivotal partners and enable their operations through financial support. We understand our capability is a very specific and unique part of humanitarian relief and are careful to consider, support, and respect what comes before and after our efforts.
We believe security is paramount. In times of crisis, personal security can become a privilege, instead of a right. For those individuals left vulnerable due to circumstance or as a result of profound action, we can enable their return to safety.
188 FOUNDATION AIMS TO:
immediately, capably, and empathetically
individual safety and security
with unique security solutions
188 comes from the number of Afghan citizens manifested on our chartered flight out of Afghanistan in August of 2021. Our flight was the last civilian plane to leave Afghanistan before the US military redeployed. Once the plane landed in its layover in Abu Dhabi, we learned the flight had 362 personnel on board, with citizens, crew, and local officials taking advantage of the last opportunity to get out their family and friends. Our tie to the 188 in our Foundation name winks at the idea of numerical accuracy in a crisis.
At Concentric, our team is made up of prior service members, government servants, and non-profit enablers that have personal and direct ties around the world. When the fall of Afghanistan became imminent in August of 2021, it was personal to many of us. We knew that we should–and could–assist in the larger response, and are proud of what small contribution we were able to make to the larger efforts. This event was the culmination of years of knowing there was a space for the private sector in these world wide events through a philanthropic solution. Our ethics and values are part of the DNA of Concentric; it’s what retains our talent, attracts our clients, and leads the security industry. We know we can make a difference, so we have decided to do just that.
As Roderick Jones, our founder, said “inherently American is the tendency to choose action in the face of crisis instead of passively admiring the problem.” After Afghanistan, we decided to establish The 188 Foundation in anticipation of more opportunities when we could inevitably offer direct philanthropy.