The effervescent and audacious Rick Rondeau asked me, “So what’s the real reason you started GivingCity? I mean, is it because you love nonprofits? Or you want more people to donate to charity or what?”
No, no, no, I told him. Nonprofits don’t need me. I didn’t know a thing about nonprofits when I started this this. And I’m not so ambitious to try to change people’s behavior. If they’re not into sharing, if they didn’t learn that at church or from their mother, then what can I do about it?
No, I told him, I started it because I was frustrated. And I still am. The nonprofit sector is hit and miss, some world class organizations, some just toddling along. But that’s the situation in every sector. I just want to help more people understand it.
*The GivingCity Big Hairy Audacious Goal is to be the website you go to when you want to know more about the needs and the opportunities to address those needs. We want to be the magazine you read to learn about the good in this city. We want to be the events you attend to get energized and connect with other people who care about poverty, hunger, education, the elderly, children, the homeless and all the other needs in our community that would go unaddressed if it weren’t for people like you.
There are many other sites, magazines, Facebook pages and Twitter streams that offer some of this. But we want GivingCity to be the place where you can find all of it, whenever you need it, as deep as you want to go. And we want to do this for other cities, too.
I was looking for this when I thought of GivingCity, so I just started making it. It only became something, though, when you started reading it.
*I’m a Good to Great fan, yes.