Listen to this podcast that I produced with a great team at the Foundation Center. It’s the first of four in our new GrantCraft series:

Shaping the Future of Philanthropy: Voices from Next Gen Donors

In this month-long series, we explore the values, motivations, and stories of the up-and-coming generation of philanthropists. This series complements research conducted by 21/64 and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University released earlier this year and our related GrantCraft analysis. Episodes will be released the next three Wednesdays, so check back to the GrantCraft website.

I also wrote a related blog post about how I connect personally with this episode and topic.

Keynote Speaker: Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference

I’m very excited to announce that I will be the keynote speaker at the Youth Philanthropy Connect conference in Disneyland this June! I enjoy sharing my passions and embrace the challenge of communicating new topics to enthusiastic people, so this should be a ton of fun. I’ll also be leading a few workshops while I’m there that I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from, too. The participating demographic is just starting to form ideas of what giving means and to discover their personal values, and they will be empowered to leverage these thought processes into meaningful action! And, I commend the conference organizers for providing a platform for these important conversations; I’m very honored to be a part of it.

As I often do, time to crowd-source my remarks! Step back into your 8-21 year old selves (probably a few different versions, I know!). What might resonate well with you on topics of VALUES, RECOGNIZING NEED, GIVING, and UNLEASHING YOUR POTENTIAL? Don’t be shy; I want to hear from you!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, mindsets, and ideas!

We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.

We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.

Those are the values Barack and I – and so many of you – are trying to pass on to our own children.

That’s who we are.

Michelle Obama

The first step to remembering these values is registering to vote. DO IT TODAY.

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You find screened, skilled neighbors to help with tasks – grocery shopping, babysitting, fixing things, party planning, etc. – and then hire them. Once a task is complete, a task is also done for a child in need (sponsored by Unicef). I also love Done.’s values statement, which includes such items as assuming good intentions and judging themselves not against the status quo, but against the immense opportunity and vision before them.

I am definitely looking forward to using in some capacity and sharing it with others; let’s help it grow! Nothing like a society where we share skills with neighbors to build positive communities!

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I will hold on strongly to my values, while still recognizing and respecting others’ values. Even when there is conflict between the two, there is a way to do both; though that solution may not be easy to find, I will willingly accept that challenge.

My newest mantra. Thanks, family dinner, for letting my thought process lead me here.