With an education in business and a passion for nonprofit work, I was applying good business sense to my work before it was considered "tasteful" to discuss marketing or competition in the nonprofit sector.
As a teen and young adult, I wanted to be the CEO of a large corporation - so, I received a degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.
At the same time, I loved kids - so, I decided I could apply my business acumen to operating high-quality and profitable childcare programs.
To complete my masters degree in education at Erikson Institute, I did a management internship with an agency that operated programs for kids and families from low-income households.
I saw that their programs were changing developmental outcomes for kids at risk, and therefore, their long-term potential to succeed in life.
I changed paths. I decided to drop the plan for a chain of childcare centers (where high quality and profitable are oxymorons), and apply my business and nonprofit experience to helping end poverty around the world.
While I researched and wrote Give a Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World, I worked for and consulted to both community-based programs and those with a worldwide reach.
I now consult to donors and nonprofits, lead a grassroots movement of everyday citizen donors spreading the word about the power of their giving, and write the Give a Little Blog.
I intend to help end poverty around the world by informing, inspiring and connecting donors and nonprofits.
Helping usher in the future of philanthropy and nonprofits
Never before has the opportunity been greater for everyday donors to support great programs and projects that will use affordable contributions to help end poverty around the world. I facilitate this work by informing, inspiring and connecting donors and programs.
This is a very exciting time in the nonprofit sector - particularly in the area of poverty eradication. Forward-thinking innovators are developing new approaches to solving social challenges. Similarly, donors have new opportunities to help the effort to end poverty through their affordable giving to effective programs.
I provide visibility and vetting to programs both big and small, but particularly to those with little or no budgets for marketing. I also dispel myths and misinformation about the nature of the sector and the management of nonprofit organizations.
Research shows unequivocably that everyday donors are the most important philanthropists of our time - but many do not know this. I empower donors with information about the power of their giving and confidence that their giving makes a difference.