Taken from their about page.
Our Mission: Voluntaryism in Action strives to empower and improve the lives of everyone across the globe through charitable, voluntary, and free market solutions.
Our Vision: To be the premiere resource and venue for those who seek to help their fellow man through voluntary compassion rather than coerced altruism.
Voluntaryism in Action is a 501(c)(3) public charity that promotes a society driven by voluntary relations and charitable acts rather than resorting to coercion from governing entities in order to empower and assist those in need.
As our organization’s name implies, VIA is driven by a philosophy known as voluntaryism. It is the doctrine that all human relations should be voluntary, with consent being offered from all parties involved in the interaction. Although this concept is fairly simple, it is consistently disregarded in practice through the implementation of taxation and wealth redistribution from centralized bodies. Rather than mutual agreements and voluntary exchange, we find our daily lives and actions being dictated by bureaucratic third parties. We find it not only immoral to centrally plan society, but dramatically inefficient. The system designates A to force B to pay for C, while A takes a portion for his own keeping. We find that this state-instituted welfare system not only leaves many disenfranchised due to disincentives, it further harms the individuals it intends to assist.
Instead, we promote a system where B is not forced to involuntarily grant anything to C, but can choose to lift him through genuine compassion. If we are to progress as a “civilized” society, it must not be at gunpoint. Alternatively, it must be incorporated into our personal values and ingrained into our culture.
Fortunately, these values are more than apparent in many individuals. Through the donations and efforts of our supporters, we have rallied communities to assist the destitute by offering a hand to those afflicted by overwhelming burdens. Our causes have no bounds: from disaster relief, financial assistance and providing education materials for low income areas, to funding food programs abroad, and to something as personal as paying the tuition for deserving students who ran into trouble in the financial aid office. The community stepped up and outright refused to abandon the their fellow man.
Irrespective of color, race, religion, or political beliefs, complete strangers follow the compassion in their hearts that drives them to engage in a simple act— lending a hand to a fellow human. And they further demonstrate their hand does not need to be forced. We wholeheartedly believe that empathy and the willingness to help others exists in the vast majority of our fellow humans, and we intend to prove it.
“The origin of the word compassion is “to suffer with.” If you aren’t lifting up someone’s heavy load with your own strength, its not compassion.” – Danny Dola