OUR PHILOSOPHY ON GIVING
The desire to “give” ~ to sincerely contribute in ways that make a difference in the lives and well-being of others ~ is an innate and human instinct. It is also one of our most admirable and inspiring qualities as a species. As people of consciousness, we know that how we “think” creates and so how we “give” is important, because it sets things in motion… sometimes for many generations to come.
Inspire. Elevate. Uplift. Celebrate!
Conscious Giving and Right Relationship
While “giving” is a natural instinct, where we “give from” and who is showing up to give matters. Despite our best intentions to give and make a positive difference in the world, if we are giving (or “showing up’) from our Conditioned or Survival Self, we (our conditioned, fear-based, limiting belief-based ego, really) is likely to “Mis-Give”. “Mis-Giving” a term and concept developed by our Founder and philanthropist, Diana H. Dokos, describes an unfortunate phenomena that happens when people ~ despite their best intentions ~ “Mis-Give” in ways that inadvertently set disconnect, struggle, drama, conflict, resentment, loss or more in motion. “Mis-Giving” includes (but is not limited to): guilt giving, chronic giving, ATM (all about the money) giving, strategic giving, over-giving, projection giving, ethnocentric giving, obligation giving, rescue giving, and more… What’s your favorite flavor?
(To learn more about “Mis-Givings” and “Conscious Giving” go to Donor Learning Circles (link).)
Train People to Give more Consciously and Creatively
We know that consciousness in giving matters because consciousness creates. When we talk with our Donors and Investors about consciousness and why it matters so much in philanthropy, they “get it.” And the next question they ask is, “Then where do I give?”
Because conscious service, leadership, community development and education are still an emerging field and because conscious organizations (like us) are still finding their way in this wild new world, we encourage our donors to invest in and support the pioneers ~ the people, opportunities, programs and organizations ~ that make conscious alternatives and opportunities possible. It takes courage, tenacity, brilliance, innovation and belief to pioneer and create in these new ways.
Increase Capacity not Charity
Inspire and empower people to become Creators of their and their communities’ more life-affirming realities.
Reduce Donor Dependency and The Wealth Gap
By and large, each member of our Team is an entrepreneur or strives to have an independent means of income in their own right. In addition, we create a sense of abundance and prosperity in our lives and the lives of those we serve well beyond financial means alone. To do this, we engage in a holistic economy and conscious giving ~ gift, share, trade, exchange, fee for services, and tiered or sliding scale. This helps us to reduce the wealth gap by offering our services, programs, workshops, and retreats to those both with AND without financial means. Everyone contributes meaningfully, they just do it in a wide variety of ways. Because of this, we are able to keep needs for donor contributions to a minimum ~ usually in the form of “Bridge Funding” (to bridge the gaps where we might benefit from additional support), Seed Funding (to help us start and launch a program or initiative), scholarships (to increase community access to our offerings), sponsorships (to underwrite some of the costs with our intern/mentees/staff in training), and reduce overhead costs (so we can pass those savings ~ and generosity ~ on to the program participants, clients, and guests we serve).
Teach A Man to Fish… Teach A Woman to Fly!