What do these things have in common? We funded all of these causes and more this year.
We are very aware that with our many blessings we have a clear responsibility to look out for others. This year we funded 30 agencies with gifts that total nearly $120,000. We are starting to make a difference in the lives of others in the communities in which we live and work. Some agencies are start-ups which we love because we are entrepreneurs and we know how hard start-ups are. Other agencies are well established and are moving ahead with innovative new programs.
The agencies we funded are all on the front line serving others. Their work isn’t always shiny and new. It certainly isn’t simple. All are run by inspired humans who work hard to make another life better in some way. How very humbling it is for us to have any role in that at all.
So, what will 2019 been about for The Luminous Fund?
Our family will get to know some of the agencies in greater depth and we are bringing new agencies to the table; agencies that intrigue and inspire us. We’ll drive, we’ll hammer, we’ll question, we’ll listen quietly and we’ll learn.
Last year our funded agencies charted the impact of the funds that we provided. Through this review, our family learned what was working and what the challenges continue to be.
We increased our effort to network with other families who are tackling family philanthropy. We are pushing the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne to think outside the box and convene like-minded families for dialogue. We learned a lot from our friends and mentors Pat Miller, Gabe Shaheen and Tony Macklin.
We invite you to give us feedback. Give us your thoughts and ideas about The Luminous Fund and how we can improve. What are the best practices of philanthropy? Please share your story, your needs and give us your input on our work. We are listening.
Dave and I are proud of our four children, their spouses/significant others and our grandchildren. They are alert to what is happening around them, intrigued by new ideas and they are learning something new most days. They are thoughtful, caring, compassionate people who look out for others.
This stuff matters to us and we are proud to serve all of you. Your tribe is our tribe!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
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To whom much is given, much is required.
Never, never, never, give up.