Give more to receive more

Here’s a really interesting article: “Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead”? from the New York Times. It’s about a Wharton Professor that sounds just too good to be true:

“For Grant, helping is not the enemy of productivity, a time-sapping diversion from the actual work at hand; it is the mother lode, the motivator that spurs increased productivity and creativity. In some sense, he has built a career in professional motivation by trying to unpack the puzzle of his own success. He has always helped; he has always been productive. How, he has wondered for most of his professional life, does the interplay of those two factors work for everyone else? (from “Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead”?)

Now I happen to believe in “what goes around comes around.” And I try hard to help people without wondering whether I will be helped in return. I can’t say I was born that way, but it’s just been my experience over the years that I seem to always get more in return than I put out. 

Ok. But if you read this article, no matter how helpful you think you are, you’re not going to feel helpful enough. I guess there’s always room for improvement!

Charitable Mutual Funds (updated)

[Note: don’t assume you know what a Charitable Mutual Fund is. It’s an evocative but really misleading name but I don’t have a better handle for it yet. This is not an investment vehicle, it does not return any money. It is way to allow a donor to donate to one or more causes that match certain objectives. Please read on…]

Scenario: What if I wanted to make a charitable gift to reputable non profits, who work in my state, who focus on homelessness? I could research it with various services (such as GuideStar) I might see one or two that speak to me, and decide to write a check or two. Now of course they would come back to me a year later (or sooner) to ask for another donation, and maybe I would or maybe I’d like to pick a different one.

So here’s an idea that (literally) came to me in a dream. I don’t remember the story line but this idea stuck with me.

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