As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of Al Andrews and his steps to becoming a philanthropist. To raise money he wrote and published a book, The boy, the kite and the wind, and is giving away 100% of the net profits. Awesome.
But the book proceeds benefit in a very specific, important way.
Thistle Farms has a need. In their manufacturing facility, the utility elevator has long been defunct. In fact, the elevator shaft has been covered with sheet rock. Currently, women must carry 50 lb boxes of product from one floor to another or push them around the building on carts.
A utility elevator would make a huge difference in their work environment, and increase productivity in their business. Ultimately, it is yet another way the lives of these women and their families can be impacted for the good.
Speaking of Al Andrews,the guy who is actually doing what I am just dreaming about, let’s all buy his children’s book, The Boy, The Kite & the Wind. And it get rave reviews: Al Andrews lifts our spirits just like … Continue reading →
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.