The Sonder Project
Founded in 2014 as a philanthropic partnership of 360 Blue®, YOLO Board® and The 30A Company®, The Sonder Project was created from a shared desire to make a meaningful impact on hunger and extreme poverty both globally and in our own backyard. Since that time we've worked collaboratively to fulfill that commitment. When hurricane Michael hit the Gulf Coast, we focused our efforts on the immense devastation in our own community. YOLO Board’s retail stores collected and distributed donated supplies to those most in need. Our staff continuously led volunteer teams to clear debris and rebuild homes. Through the Sonder Project, 100% of Hurricane Michael donations made their way to those in need so they could begin rebuilding. At its core, YOLO Board’s philosophy is to build community, encourage discovery, and to foster well-being. We are proud to be a founding partner of an organization that makes such an impact. The Sonder Project- its values and outreach- align so well with our simple but powerful reminder that “You Only Live Once”… so make it count!
Who We Are
In 2014, a small group of entrepreneurs came together with the goal of doing some good in the world. What started as a group of volunteers wanting to improve their local community evolved into a movement to strengthen communities across the globe.
And so we do. The Sonder Project started working internationally to promote education through a partnership with buildOn, focusing their efforts in Burkina Faso—a West African country ranking among the lowest in the United Nations Human Development Index. After establishing our first field office in 2017, and inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, The Sonder Project expanded our efforts to include sustainable projects that promote strong communities by providing clean water, food security, and education.
In 2018, we began our domestic program focused on community gardens around our headquarters in Walton County, Florida. Soon thereafter, Hurricane Michael struck and devastated our neighbors to the East in Bay County. We immediately mobilized volunteers and expanded our efforts to including housing as part of our mission to strenghten communities.
Since 2014, The Sonder Project has been able to...
# of food with increased food security
# of people with increased access to clean water
# of students globally with increased access to school
What We Believe
We believe in three main Core Values which inform all the work we do:
We believe all development work requires a long-term vision that empowers those being served to lead independently and creates a path respectful of the environment and local communities.
We believe people and organizations thrive best when they are able to work together around common interests, despite any inherent differences.
We believe all people are entitled to the same opportunities regardless of race, color, gender, ethnicity, language, religion, or nationality.
Hurricane Michael Relief & Recovery
Support Huricane Relief & Recovery
$40 purchases a tarp, $800 restores a household’s electricity, and $8,000 repairs a roof!
Support an irrigation or well project in Burkina Faso
$16 provides a container of seeds, and $11,000 funds a bore hole and water pump to provide clean water for generations!
Support a Community Garden in the U.S.
$300 provides a garden bed, and $12,000 provides a complete community garden! (cost can vary by size & location of garden)