80 W Lancaster Ave.

Suite 100

Devon, PA 19333    


We did our research during the infancy stages of founding this organization in order to ensure that the work we do will help, not harm the community. We discovered two books based on smart service that provided clear insight into best practices.

In Toxic Charity, Robert Lupton asks that his readers pledge to take ‘The Oath for Compassionate Service’ when working to create transformational change in communities suffering from cyclical poverty. Unlike other nonprofits, ondawave tempers all decisions and programs with this oath.

  • "Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves.

  • Limit one-way giving to emergency situations.

  • Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.

  • Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served.

  • Listen closely to those whom you seek to help, especially to what is not being said – unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service.

  • Above all, do no harm.”

Also described in Toxic Charity is the nature of community work that creates a cycle of dependency in those being served. ondawave, having first-hand experience in dependency-creating service, analyzes its programs and projects to avoid situations like that of the below:

  • "Give once and you elicit appreciation;

  • Give twice and you create anticipation;

  • Give three times and you create expectation;

  • Give four times and it becomes entitlement;

  • Give five times and you establish dependency.”

Below are some links to resource around asset-based community care.