As we mark 50 years since Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, a defining question for the nation is how much racial progress has been made in the past half century.

Let’s at the same time also remember King’s pluralistic message. His enduring legacy is that he not only championed equality for Black Americans but opportunity for all Americans.

This raises a different question: What can you do to achieve opportunity for all?

In the spirit of JFK’s famous line from his inaugural address two and a half years before King’s March on Washington speech — “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” – achieving greater opportunity for all hinges on each of us.

Whether or not the government acts on this issue during the remainder of Obama’s term, you and I can — by investing in nonprofits that successfully work every day to make change. These charities transform lives by offering kids an enriched early childhood education, mentoring at-risk youth, making college more accessible, teaching job skills, and moving the chronically homeless into permanent housing.

You can learn about specific nonprofits and their successes by looking at other posts on this blog.

Its underlying message is simple yet powerful: Your generosity can help make Martin Luther King’s dream a reality!