A few weeks ago, I met Bob Goff, author of Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, who spoke at a daylong seminar on poverty in the city. Organization leaders and volunteers were also in the room. When I bought Bob’s book for my son, Micah, and asked Bob to sign it, he said yes and wrote, “Micah, love God, love people, do stuff.
The message from Bob reminded me that we sometimes make philanthropy too complicated. We get stuck fussing over strategy, return on investment, and efficacy. These things can be important, but often times they hold us back from amazingly ordinary generosity, which is where it all begins, focusing on our heart’s desire for connection and simply getting started.
At the close of this daylong seminar, no money was exchanged, no appeals were made, but connections were electric. People escorted friends and colleagues across the room to meet someone else. Why? Simply to connect. Common ground was apparent, and attendees knew intuitively that one plus one might equal three for the poor and marginalized in the city.
I wonder, do you think making a connection between two people for their benefit, not yours, is “doing stuff”?
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