What is your profession? How do you spend your days?
I have been working at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette since 2010 and have worn many hats at this non-profit through its evolution. To put it generally, I work collaboratively to plan and co-create systems and processes that increase efficiency and effectiveness for our work internally and externally. Some concepts associated with my responsibilities are: research, evaluation, quality improvement, change mapping, grant management, program planning, data collection, data analysis, project management, communication and report compilation. Also, I laugh a lot with the great people I get the honor to work with.
What has inspired you to be an engaged philanthropist?
Love has inspired me to be an engaged philanthropist.
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – K. Vonnegut
From a very early age I was taught to love through doing for others- seeing my parents model altruism in our community and my grandparents/great-grandparents volunteer and tithe. We can promote the welfare of others through many means, and I am inspired to love others in all the ways I can to engage my whole self in the betterment of this earth.
What do you want to accomplish in your next decade?
I want to keep on loving through actions, catalogue my superpower(s) and find places and spaces where I can share them, learn and grow.
What criteria do you use in deciding where to focus your philanthropy?
- Is there a need?
- Who is going to benefit from my philanthropy?
- Who does not benefit from it?
- Is my philanthropy being leveraged to reduce inequities?
- Do I trust where I’m giving time or money?
How do you know if your giving or volunteering has been successful with a nonprofit?
I know it’s successful when I am changed. We all have something to offer, give and to learn- and I know when I make a gift of time or money, it is successful if I walk away with new perspectives to reflect upon and turn into action.