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. By giving from one’s Authentic or Higher Self (one’s indwelling well-spring of insight, wisdom, empowerment, Oneness, prosperity, loving-kindness and wise-compassion) we set powerfully positive things in motion… positive ripple effects that benefit wide beyond the initial intentions or “plan”.
Conscious Giving & Transformational Giving
Inspires. Elevates. Uplifts. And creates reason to 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, “rush-the-bridge” giving, adrenaline giving, and more… What’s your favorite flavor?
(To learn more about “Mis-Givings” and “Conscious Giving” go to Donor Learning Circles (link).)
Become Willing to Give more Consciously and Creatively. Model what it can look like.
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 consciousness-based organizations (like ours) are still finding their way in this wild new world, we encourage our donors to invest in, to Be, and to 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
Inspiring, teaching, and empowering people to be conscious creators is at the root of our work. By inspiring and empowering people, organizations, and communities to be conscious creators, they become powerful manifestors of their own realities and their own resources. This form of capacity-building (for both the community members and donors alike) this takes them out of the “charitable cause” model ~ a model which tends to create dependency on donors and others, “victim consciousness” in those seeking resources, “hero/rescuer” in donors seeking to help, and maintains the one-up-one-down “rescue model” of giving which is often present in old-paradigm philanthropy and community development.
Reduce Donor Dependency and The Wealth Gap
As a Foundation, we do our best to walk this talk. By and large, each member of our Team is an entrepreneur or conscious creative 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!