What we learned from Iniciativa México
On Sunday November 7, Iniciativa México (IMx), the effort by society and the media to help those who help the most, came to an end.
After reviewing 47,000 initiatives, from which 25 participants were selected, and after five months in the public eye, today we can identify some of the most important organizations that are changing Mexico. Congratulations are in order to Raúl, Mariana, Héctor, Miguel, and the other 21 participants.
I am very impressed that all of the most important national media have participated in this magnificent effort. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. In Mexico there are hundreds of thousands of people who are engaged in valuable efforts to build a better country, without the expectation of obtaining recognition or any type of monetary reward. They also deserve our support and we should act accordingly.
I would like to present you with a proposal. If out of every 100 pesos that the population pays in taxes, we were to earmarked one -yes, a single peso - to directly support some of these organizations, previously accredited, we would be offering a gigantic assistance. Let’s see.
The government has considerable money to spend. This money is ours, it comes from society. Between taxes, fees, and royalties, etc., the Revenue Law created a 3 trillion peso fund to spend in 2011. This means that next year the government will spend 392 million pesos every hour. Why can’t we, the citizens, make use of a few hours’ worth of this spending to earmark the funds for those who make an effort for others?
If we do this, we will create a virtuous trilogy. To begin with, the citizens and the private sector, which involves all those of us who generate the wealth and pay all the taxes; secondly, the governmental sector, which will continue exercising 99 percent of its spending in order to carry out its activities; and thirdly, we will strengthen a social sector, which is the sector that bests helps those who have the least.
Initiative Mexico taught us the enormous potential of non-profit organizations. After seeing what they do with so few resources, I am convinced that we should provide them with greater support. This way, the social sector can transform our country.