Exactly one year ago today, I started a blog encouraging giving, called Give Today. In the first post, I shared my desire to follow in Al Andrews’ footsteps and become an improbable philanthropist: to start a business with the goal of using the proceeds to help others. (You can read the full post here.)
While writing about giving, I kept coming across folks who were doing what I dreamed of: combining creative passions with giving back. (See some of my favorites here, here and here.) With many prayers and creative & idea fine-tuning, I am excited to make the leap from “dream” to “reality”.
While at a Rend Collective Experiment & Tenth Avenue North concert, a lovely girl sitting behind me, complimented my yellow envelope clutch. I had happened to make it earlier that day, exploring the option of selling similar bags. Her encouragement went even further when she handed me her card and asked me to create a custom bag for her tablet. Oh my grateful and giddy heart. And there was my first sale. Thank you, Candice.
Then Mike Donehey, from Tenth Avenue North, took the stage to talk about Compassion International and the powerful impact of sponsoring children. And then it clicked. Sell goods for good. And not just a “buy one give one” model, but actually make a lasting impact in a child’s life by putting a portion of all sales toward child sponsorship. My dream is to have a lots and lots of children supported through these products.