Hi there! My name is Jefferson and I am . . .
Well, what I am is perpetually dissatisfied. I’ve learned that I just don’t belong in the nine to five world of middle-class America. Nothing wrong with it, I’m just not comfortable here.
Being dissatisfied isn’t all bad, really. It’s taken me to some cool places. Last year I went to Nicaragua twice for 11 days with almost no plans. I wanted to understand people in another country, that’s all. Oh, and I wanted to help.
And that’s why I’m here. I started this because . . . giving is fun. It’s exciting and it has introduced me to some of my best friends. It’s also really challenging – who to give to, how to do it, how to raise the money for it . . . there’s a lot to learn and a lot to do.
It starts the first time you help someone do something they couldn’t do for themselves. It feels good. It’s . . .
Well, it’s satisfying.
No moral authority there – I fully admit that I want to give to others because I find meaning in it. It gives this difficult and short life something beautiful to feel good about.
It starts with a girl with polio who wanted to be able to walk again; a guy who wanted to new bed, some PowerAde, and a Braves jersey; a lady who was abandoned by her sons and wanted some food, a blanket, and some other basic supplies; a lady with Aplastic Anemia who wanted to be home with her kids more often; a boy who wanted to go to private school.
It starts with all the people around the world who are already doing amazing work to help others.
This blog is my exploration of philanthropy. I’m traveling, interviewing, and trying some of my own stuff out as well.
But who are you?
Maybe you’re here because you like doing the same kind of stuff. Maybe that itch of dissatisfaction has made you do something you’re proud of.
If so, I’d love to hear about it. Introduce yourself down below and let me know what your favorite nonprofits are and why you like them. If you’re writing about something similar, link it here. I want to read it and I want to help get other people to read it too – I’ll put it up on my Philanthropy blog-roll. And hey, I interviewed some great philanthropists in Austin – check out their stories and see if you can copy what they do or help them out with a donation.
This blog is about finding the best ways to give, telling the stories of as many people as possible to connect us with people around the world, and coming together to support those who need it.
I hope you like what you see!