Continually amazed by your commitment

I’m receiving the answers to the short questionnaires I sent to the few dozen young philanthropists we’ll feature in our next issue, and I’m utterly amazed. I thought I was busy!

It’s a diverse group with different levels of engagement, but what shows through is that energy. One of the women in the story remarked that she wasn’t sure she was young enough to be included. I told her, it’s not about age, it’s about energy. She and the other people we’re recognizing seem to have this bottomless well of enthusiasm and positivity, which in today’s media environment is extremely refreshing. Yes, it’s hard not to be cynical about what they’re trying to do, but you’ve got to give it to them for trying.

After Obama’s speech last night, it might be easy to buckle down, lock the doors, and not go out for a few days for fear of spending money. But to hear one of the people in our story tell it, that’s exactly the opposite of what we should do.

She talks about the movement of money as if it were water. She says that if you hold on to it, it doesn’t flow. But if you let it flow from your hands into the hands of others who need it, you contribute to this constant flow of money that always finds its way to the people who need it, even you. She has a remarkable story to tell. I can’t wait for you to read it.


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