Who knows how I stumbled upon Jon Acuff’s blog. But it led to me reading his book Quitter. Which led to me brainstorming those hinge moments to uncover, not discover, my dream job. (Seriously, read the book.) And now he’s in my facebook feed, this time talking about Improbable Philanthropy. When I read Al Andrews statement on the home page of Improbable Philanthropy, it was as if he lifted those words off my heart. It reads:
I have a dream of becoming a philanthropist, of acquiring the financial resources to contribute generously to various non-profits around the world that are making an impact for good.
But there’s a big problem. Philanthropists have a lot of money. I, on the other hand, do not. So I’ve set out to find a way to make this improbable dream a reality. My plan is to start a business (write a children’s book), see it become successful, and give away 100% of the net profits.
That’s it! That’s exactly what I want to do! Well, maybe my plan will involve some other business instead of writing a children’s book. I have been praying as to what this business should be. But while I listen for an answer, develop a plan and start that journey, I am starting this blog to encourage generosity. Who says you have to have a lot of money to be a philanthropist? Why can’t we be everyday philanthropists? As Al Andrews says, “Why should Bill Gates have all the fun?”
Imagine the good that could be done if everyone gave up one of their weekly Venti Caramel Macchiatos and donated that money instead? Or if we took an hour a week and gave back to our community? Or if we taught our children that giving is really better than receiving? I am still learning, so I look forward to going on this journey with you.