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Join us in Orlando on Tuesday, October 10th for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Poverty, Inc.!

"I see multiple colonial governors," says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.” The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

Julie Columbino

Julie Colombino is the Founder and CEO of REBUILD globally, a social venture with an innovative business model fighting poverty in Haiti. Since its inception, she has been a champion for impact-oriented business that are leading social change. From their global headquarters in Orlando, REBUILD globally has been making an impact in Haiti through education and job training, while developing a Haitian owned and operated business and fashion brand, deux mains designs.

Under Colombino’s leadership, the past six years has been a dramatic evolution from earthquake recovery to a sustainable business that was quickly propelled into the world of ethical fashion. REBUILD globally has created partnerships with The United Nations, Kenneth Cole, supermodel Heide Lindgren and Ron Jon’s Surf Shop.

Phil Hissom

Phil Hissom, M.Div. founded the Polis Institute in 2009 to improve quality of life with Orlando’s 100 distressed neighborhoods. He has extensive experience creating solutions to complex social problems and holds a Master of Divinity degree. Phil hails from a family that has been laboring with the poor for four generations since his great-grandfather founded a Christian mission in Charleston, West Virginia in 1934. Phil’s immediate family includes his wife Jennie and their lovable mutt Liberty.

Marc Stanakis

Marc Stanakis serves as the President and Co-Founder of The Jobs Partnership of Florida. As the strategic leader of this thriving non-profit organization, his mission is to transform the lives of the chronically underemployed through the power of partnerships. Utilizing his business development and fundraising abilities, Marc co-founded The Jobs Partnership initiative in 1999, through which struggling people could find hope, purpose, and employement opportunities, through the help of others. Marc’s exceptional ability to build cross-cultural relationships has brought a diversity of people and organizations together to serve working poor families. The Jobs Partnership has formed more than 250+ strategic partnerships with churches, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies in Central Florida, with thousands of Graduates now active in the workforce.

Event Details

Start Date


United Against Poverty Orlando
150 W Michigan St
Orlando, FL 32806
United States


6:00 PM - Doors Open
6:30 PM - Screening Begins
8:00 PM - Q&A

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