Tag Archives: helping non profit organizations

Hand Up or Hand Out

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Do you have an overall end plan?

On Friday last week I attended a very interesting event with David Erickson of the Federal Reserve in San Francisco (author of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities) and Miami Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. There was also a panel of 3 local influencers.

I was very moved with the amount of non-profit organizations that are working to make cities livable to the under privileged, unemployed or underemployed. The thing that touched me the most was just how separated and disjointed they felt amongst each other.

The low income housing person for the city was on the panel. He was stating how so many units were developed last year and they see so much more growth.

I was so happy that I got to ask a question. Hand up or Hand out? When for instance low income housing puts people in homes, what is considered successful? Is it when the units are occupied or when an occupant moves out because they got back on their feet? I said a bunch of other things as to what was covered in the presentation and panel discussion and some of what I do to help non-profits. When I finished 4 of the people on stage looked completely lost!

As a business person I look at the overall and my mind starts asking questions as to how to solve the problem. This problem may not be what others (especially the higher ups) think the problem is. David Erickson in his inspiring presentation stated that we must start thinking differently about helping communities. Then someone talked about higher education. What I don’t understand is graduates of higher education are just as unemployed and underemployed as those who didn’t go to college. I think another avenue should be explored. In middle and high school entrepreneurial and personal financial skills should be introduced.

I have a master degree in IT and a bachelor in Business. The companies that I’ve met with in South Florida have told me that they can’t afford me. What is up with that? Thankfully I’ve always been entrepreneurial by nature and was presented with a company which I agreed with and has the benefits of:

  1. Original members of the management team is still VERY Active with the company’s growth
  2. We are a Product Brokerage firm meaning we don’t manufacture products but work with companies that already have successful products and we broker a more superior version of it
  3. In every Billion dollar industry – the versatility was what I love the most
  4. The compensation plan is simple and promotes helping others succeed
  5. Low investment to start
  6. Ease of start up

The distributors of my company (including the top people) have a limit of how much they earn per business unit, so the company will always sustain itself and everyone is equal. Can the company you work with say this? How much is your company’s CEO make? Basically in network marketing YOU ARE THE CEO of YOUR COMPANY!

Many people I talk with about my company have told me that they love their job or they get paid enough. Are you like this? Do you think of the overall? Are you living pay check to pay check? What would you do if your company downsized you? How quickly would you NEED to be back at work before your debts default? Do you feel the stress of living hopefully above pay check to pay check? Do you have the freedom to take a vacation at any time? Do you ever stop to think when I retire will I be able to support myself or will I have to work to still barely make ends meet?

Watch the documentary “Rise of the Entrepreneur.” If you feel you don’t have time to watch this… you are actually the person who needs this the most. Do you have more time for yourself this year compared to last year? Do you see anything changing so that next year you will have more freedom?

I think we should be working with others to raise and support entrepreneurs. Could you imagine a world where people are truly self sufficient and independent of the developed hand outs?

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Being Open to Receive

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Acceptance - McGill

Have you ever stopped to think about your life and where you are? This
morning while running errands a part of me was meditating. I don’t meditate the way it is described on the internet. I just quiet a part of my mind and talk to the “still small voice” in my head – some people call this prayer.

While I was talking to the voice I remembered I asked why is it I’m not doing as well as I know I can? Is someone (including me) holding me back? Being that I was sent this opportunity, why is it I haven’t gotten anywhere yet? I quieted myself and listened.

The answer was something that I didn’t expect. I saw in my mind a glass turned down like it was drying after being washed. I then saw a house where all the windows and doors were closed and locked tight. The voice told me that I was not open to receiving.

I do believe that energy goes to what one focuses on. However, for the past 2 years I’ve been focusing on growing my company the way the average person is taught to grow a network marketing business. I am not fond of calling people who are in my warm or hot market as all of them don’t believe in direct sales or network marketing even though many are business owners and have the entrepreneurial spirit. And although I’m very comfortable talking to strangers and got appointments to “show the plan” I wasn’t very good at “sealing the deal.”

Over the past 6 months the focus was more concentrated on the NPO (Non Profit Organization) program of this company. As I said in past entries I love working, and I love challenges; however I don’t do well without purpose. Changing my perspective has brought many influential people into my life and made it easy for me to get in front of groups to talk about how I can help them and their cause in fundraising. A few months ago I was able to sponsor a Fantastic non-profit the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. Sadly, I haven’t been able to connect with the contact person as much as I need to as he has had a VERY FULL schedule though the more I “wait” the more I am doing to set the foundation for their campaign.

In the last 2 weeks I’ve been contacted by 5 non-profits. I am very upfront that I’m utilizing a network marketing company to leverage the community and further the community’s growth. I had a woman to completely flip out! She was so excited! She fully understood the value and leverage of network marketing. Since talking with her I’ve been pushed up the ladder of this non-profit and have a meeting with the president of the county next week. I’m so grateful!

How my vision ended was with me struggling but succeeding in turning the glass upright and opening the doors and windows of this house. For the glass it was like my hands were tied behind my back, and for the windows and doors I was walking through the house but couldn’t open anything.

 

Update – I wrote this last Wednesday and didn’t publish. Since then the windows have opened, though the doors are still locked, AND the glass is now upright starting to collect water.

Building a Better Community – Fundraising Assistance

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Do you know a local non profit that needs assistance fundraising? How about a house of worship? A charity? Or the local school’s pta/ptsa?

As a single mom with a very engaged teen I have many obligations to participate in fundraisers. From my son’s 2 local swim teams, his school’s PTSA, and 2 music organizations he is a part of, I have a lot of money to donate and personally raise. I have found a company that helps non profits raise a potential of $187,000 without asking supporters to reach in their pockets for more money.

If you know a non profit who can benefit from this forward this and have them contact me. I want to help you Build a Better Community.