Generosity

“Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”                                                                                                                Mark 4:24-25 (The Message)

I have worked in the area of mental health for many years, most of them in the non-profit sector. I am biased, I suppose, in my deep respect for, and belief in what non-profit organizations can do for society. I have been given the opportunity to be involved in many non-profit networks, and I have seen first-hand the good work that these amazing institutions do.

While non-profit organizations must find varied and even unique ways to obtain funding in order to fulfill their mission, typically the major areas of funding are grants, private donations, and selling of services. As a director of non-profits, I always had my funding hat on, as well as direct service provision. I like to think that kept me always on the front lines, and always hustling.

But that’s the thing about non-profits. They must work hard, since they exist for a mission beyond making a profit for stakeholders. The eye on the mission becomes the driver of the organization. We are blessed with many thousands of non-profit organizations in the United States. World-wide there are so many marvelous non-profit entities I could not begin to find a number. Almost all of them require the generous support from foundations and private donors in order to thrive, or even survive.

Generosity to others, whether it be a donation to a non-profit, a church, or to other individuals (like generous tipping, for example) is good for both giver and receiver. Giving is good for us. Indeed, we are built to give. If you want to get some satisfaction of the mind and soul, find a place to give in a generous fashion.

Prayer: Lord, you have made us to give, and you bless us so much when we do, Amen

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