Jay is passionate about having better conversations, seeing the good in others, and actively listening to those with different opinions. His career in radio has positioned him to grow where he is planted and sow seeds of good
Jason shares his love of Jesus as a source of inspiration for his servant leadership. He has overcome great obstacles and continues to stay positive, thankful, and motivated to help others despite his personal circumstances.
Noah will spend a lifetime to help us all breath easier, enjoy a dip in the ocean, and help us consume healthy protein from the ocean.
Ron is a man with little financial means, but because of his generous heart is a man rich in wisdom and goodwill. He shares his passion for sharing a smile, being non-judgmental, and building community wherever you are planted.
Audrey Blankenship is a 9 year old 3rd grader currently attending a fully remote remote elementary school. Her self identifies religion is Kindness. Audrey began her life as a ‘philanthropist’ by smiling at everyone in her path.
In this episode, I talk with Paul Ott. Paul shares his values of smiling at everyone he meets and telling a good joke to break the ice. Paul doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, is quick to lighten the mood, and never met a stranger. He cares deeply about community, bringing his neighbors…
Melissa explains, no one can wake up and be a scientist, psychologist, archeologist, or sociologist, but everyone can wake up and say, “I am a philanthropist!”
Jenn Klein reflects on what she’s learned from her fundraising career and new insights from her first six guests.
Sherie passionately serves our world’s future leaders by sharing her love for Jesus to local teens.
In this episode, I talk with Amy Tarlow-Lewis, Founder of Littleton Community Farm (LCF). Amy had a dream, relentlessly pursued that dream with “laughter and tears” and the support of many friends, family, neighbors, businesses, public entities, and even other nonprofits. She readily admits she did not do this alone and her guiding advice is…
John improves the lives of others through balancing budgets, creating dialogue between people with different opinions, and listening to all members of his community.
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A retired educator passionate about teaching young children the values of service. MaryJudith shares her Christian faith as a foundation for her teaching career and reason for passionately supporting social justice. As she says, “justice doesn’t mean that we all get the same thing. What it means is that we get what we need.”
I talk with socially-minded small business entrepreneur Jessica Brand. We talk about what types of philanthropic values she incorporates into her businesses. And, what she feels the world needs more of. Hint: Love…”brotherly love”. Tune in to hear
Tanya Gauther who founded a nonprofit for traumatic brain injury survivors, many of them veterans, called TBIncredible. We got personal and talked about her own traumatic brain injury
Let’s be encouraged and inspired to grow our capacity to change the world. Who is one of my greatest philanthropic influences? Listen to learn more.
As we reflect on the year, let’s go forward remembering what we learned: we can count on each other. And, when we can count on each other to do the right thing, to make choices that are in the best interests of others, we can accomplish so much more.
Your personal purchasing power has an impact on what is bought, sold, and marketed. When you purchase your values, its an opportunity to bring more meaning and human connection into your life. Focus on your values and let them guide your decisions.
Billy Graham said in a 1997 graduation ceremony, “Time is the capital from God that is yours to invest.” What he said goes beyond what society tells us about how we should be striving for power and money. Somehow, we have lost our way.
But I beg you, when they write my obituary, please be sure says it says I was a philanthropist. Please be sure it includes all my volunteer work, my nonprofit career work, and my everyday acts of kindness. I hope my life can be defined as a giver. For me personally, more important than being rich is being generous.
I’ve been doing some interviewing for full-time jobs in fundraising. I want to be a part of a team again. I want to give my whole effort in affecting change in society. I want to be an even bigger philanthropist.
I chased my dreams and worked hard. I’ve had set backs and challenges, but I persevered. I’ve had a goal since I started my fundraising career in 2005 to obtain my CFRE.
Since I’m in the nonprofit industry, it made sense for me to continue to hone my skills and reflect my passion for nonprofit service. Now, with the global pandemic, volunteering is even more important across all industries.
Personal philanthropy is our own unique plan to make the world a better place–even consequently, enjoy the fruits of our labor. It is a plan for our lives that is drawn from our passions and skills.
And, so, I’ve learned that my own choices are unpredictable. Other’s choices are even more unpredictable. Now, I’d like to double-down and ride the changing tides of life with a zen-like attitude. I’d like to make choices I am proud of. I am the navigator of my life.
I am so grateful the internet has made our voices accessible and connected.
Traditionally, the definition of philanthropy is “lover of mankind.” Being a lover of mankind means we must treat all people equal–despite their differences.
I’ve seen individuals pool their resources to send $1,500 to a local gym employee who hasn’t yet received her unemployment checks. I’ve seen anonymous people drop off diapers at a new mom’s house. I’ve seen children and adults painting rocks for others to find on local trails to bring a simple smile during this lonely and uncertain time.
My anger has dissipated and been removed with just this simple act: to give. Giving must be my best reflex. Love has been replaced by my anger. There is no room for anger and hate when we give—only love.
We’ve all heard it before: money doesn’t buy happiness. But, what does? Meditation? De-cluttering? Exercise? Hobbies? Nope. Nope. Nope. Albeit, these have proven to affect your mood and do help you feel better, but do they cause joy? Do they get you motivated to get out of bed? Maybe. For me, I get in a…
Celebrating today by small acts of kindness for a family member, a stranger, or a lover, will fulfill an act of agape love. As famous twentieth century Christian author C.S. Lewis writes, “there is another way of giving to God; every stranger whom we feed or clothe.” Giving unconditional love to yourself and to others is empowering and has the ability to change our world.
The roots of the industry is founded on the premise that people want to help because they enjoy helping. Humans are hardwired for connection. Celebrating and praising all acts of giving will bring about the change our world needs.
We’re doing charity work! This isn’t competition. This is teamwork. We need to live the mission in order to fulfill the mission!
Become a master of every-day pleasantries; buy Girl Scout cookies; drop off a can in the food pantry bin; or, give the pan-handler a couple coins. These affect at least two people: the recipient—and yourself.
Eighty percent of donations come from twenty percent of people. Does that mean we shouldn’t give? Does that mean we don’t matter? My philanthropic impact on the world matters!
Humans are the only caretakers of the earth. And, therefore, what we must also balance in our individual daily life is that special responsibility we each have to making and maintaining our one planet we can (currently) live on as beautiful as it can be.
This is what I’ve learned in life: don’t ask for permission, don’t complain, just start where you are with what you’ve got!
What do you want to change in your town? In your country? In our world? You don’t have to have gobs of money to make a difference.
Sometimes I think fundraising should be relabeled: FUN-raising. Yes, I’m THAT into it. In the new year, I hope I will make it official with a CFRE credential.
I was touched. This was a gift to me; a reminder of people’s pure hearts and intentions of giving. What they were essentially saying to me was: I am grateful that you reminded me so that I can have joy in giving to my friend
Are you able to find the time? What if we stopped saying, “I don’t have the time” and just do it. Think less about it and just say, “Yes!”
A couple weeks ago, a recruiter point-blank told me she would not be moving me forward—because I have taken the last three-and-a-half years off to be a full-time parent. Let that sink in.
Where, oh where, will this degree take me? Who will I help next? Who will you help next? How can I help you?
Academy Award Winning Actor Denzel Washington said, “Giving is selfish,” during a university commencement speech. He said giving is selfish! Selfish! I never heard this before. It doesn’t make a lot of sense—at first. I had to replay the clip because I thought it couldn’t be true. I thought I heard wrong. Maybe he really…
Years ago, it was Oprah who told us first to jot down every night before bed five things we were grateful for. She praised the practice as an instant mood-booster; a gift of a deeper sense of peace for the practitioner; and, as a way for one to think more objectively about their circumstances. Indeed,…
It can’t be for just a select few wealthy individuals. It can’t be an exclusive club to join that shows “you’ve made it.” It’s more than that.