Daily Giving: An Invitation
As 2013 comes to a close, I am grateful to be surrounded by people who’s lives are an expression of love. I have learned so much from our grantees, volunteers, advisors and our larger community this past year.
If knowledge is really a progressive realization of our own ignorance, then I have definitely taken a big step forward in figuring out how my life can best be of service to myself and others.
Giving every day for the past year has showed me that together, we have limitless potential. To that end, I want to share a story that originally appeared in Dan Millman’s newsletter in 2005:
George, a Berkeley graduate student in mathematics, arrived late to class and quickly copied two problems for the day from the blackboard, assuming they were the homework assignment. He found them extremely difficult—the hardest the professor had ever assigned. He worked late into the night, and the next night as well, trying without success to solve them. But he persisted, and several days later, he experienced a breakthrough. George slipped his solutions into a pile of papers on the professor’s desk the following day. On a Sunday morning not long after, George was awakened by a pounding on his door. George was surprised to find his professor, who exclaimed, “George, you’ve solved them!”
“Yes,” George answered. “Wasn’t I supposed to?”
The professor explained that those two problems were not homework, but famous problems that had puzzled the world’s leading mathematicians— problems that George had solved in a few days. George Dantzig is now a mathematics professor at Stanford University. His feat may have inspired the critical plot point in the film Good Will Hunting. If George had known that these were two famous unsolved problems, he might not have even tried to solve them. But what George expected was doable, he did.
We are working to solve problems on our planet and in society that too many people conceive to be insurmountable. They have lost sight of their own inherent goodness and their capacity for compassionate wisdom. We have been told over and over again that people won’t change and the world cannot be moved. Yet I’ve had the daily privilege of funding people who never seem to have got that telegram.
I see only one possible future, and that is a spiritually fulfilling, socially just and environmentally sustainable human presence on the planet.
The seeds are planted in each of us. They only lack, as Thich Naht Hanh says, the conditions of sun, heat, rain, and compost in order to blossom.
In 2014, we have created a way for you to plant 365 seeds. You can fund 365 extraordinary people along with us. Our brand new Daily Giving Community is comprised of individuals who give $1 or $5 or $10 a day to our 365 yet-to-be-named grantees of 2014. But we don’t just want anyone. This community isn’t about money. It is about cultivating generosity in your heart, every single day of 2014. It is about receiving the goodness that is everywhere, and allowing it to change you.
The Daily Giving Community is for you if:
- You are ready to push the boundaries of your own generosity and sense of abundance. You want to be in partnership with extraordinary, grassroots social change leaders all over the world.
- You yearn to experience the goodness in the world, including the goodness in yourself, every single day of the year.
- You want some structure and community around you as you engage in a daily giving practice.
If this sounds like you, please complete our reflections survey to re-confirm that this program will be of service to you. After you complete it, you will receive a link to make your donation.
Once you join the Daily Giving Community, you will begin a deeper connection with 365 snapshots of goodness all over the world. You will start receiving heart-wrenching, inspiring and uplifting stories and notes from our grantees; the people YOU funded. (See some examples). You won’t see any glossy reports or professionally written and edited PR pieces: but you will have a (sometimes dusty, sometimes broken) front row seat for what is really happening in the lives and work of our grantees. You will be in community with others who are expanding their own generosity practice, a source of mutual inspiration and encouragement. We will also mail you a special “daily giving” kit, prepared in partnership with the children of Manav Sadnha in the slums of Ahmedabad, India, just to help you keep the goodness going all year.
If you have specific questions about the program, please read our FAQs.
Every day brings forth a new opportunity to plant a seed of generosity, compassion and possibility. Each seed we plant has the potential for exponential impact, far beyond just the dollars we give. Together, we can surely create the causes and conditions for the unmanifest to manifest.