“I was happy,” said Schwab, a 1997 Bountiful High and BYU graduate who was enjoying a comfortable job. “I liked what I was doing but at the end of the day it was about the company’s bottom line.
“I just felt like there was more I should be doing with my life and career to make the world a better place than just working for the bottom line.”
About the same time a young lady Schwab knew in his LDS ward, SaraJoy Pond, was looking for someone with his skills for the organization she had started called Tipping Bucket.
Tipping Bucket helps humanitarian organizations and dedicated individuals fund global development projects that improve their communities. These projects include fostering medical care, affordable housing, prosthetic limbs, solar power and education, among others.
“Tipping Bucket’s philosophy is that no one is too small to make a difference in the world,” Schwab said. “Tipping Bucket projects literally heal the sick. We helped by funding more than 500 eye surgeries in Uganda this summer.”
In addition, Tipping Bucket helps to make it affordable for people in third world countries so they can have prosthetic limbs. They also do smaller projects that educate people how to take care of themselves.
“One of the projects I’m excited about is that we have helped fund 21 projects with goals that range from providing solar electricity in rural African schools to providing vocational training and support to victims rescued from sex-trafficking operations in Southeast Asia,” Schwab said.
Victims of sex trafficking are often from poor countries and lack the education to keep themselves safe. Victims believe what they are told and wind up in circumstances where they lose their ability to make decisions.
“Education is the key to fighting things like sex tracking,” Schwab said. “Tipping Bucket brings that education to the people who need it.
“Projects like these originate from people that have great ideas and tons of passion, but not enough money to move forward and see their visions become reality. Instead of the traditional deep-pocket philanthropic channels, these projects are funded by small donations from hundreds of people, just like you, who care about the cause and want to be part of the change.
“These small donations prove that anyone, regardless of their income or time constraints, can make a meaningful difference.”