What is Fundraising? with the Teachable Spirit

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What is Fundraising? with the Teachable Spirit

Recently, the teachable spirit had the distinct pleasure of attending a Fundraising from the Heart workshop featuring Lynne Twist, author of the book, Soul of Money. I felt that Lynne’s philosophy resonated with me more than any other approach to money I had encountered. I believed it was worth the trip to the Upaya Center in Santa Fe via Albuquerque, New Mexico, to find some clarity on the subject.

What is fundraising?
Who is a fundraiser?
What is the purpose of fundraising?

At JKIA, left to right: Douglas' mother, Grace Moraa, Dr. Warren Bruhl, Douglas Monene, Jeremy Monene, and Montana Bruhl, June 2014.

Dr. Warren Bruhl meets Douglas Monene in Kenya; left to right: Douglas’ mother, Grace Moraa, Dr. Warren Bruhl, Douglas Monene, Jeremy Monene, and Montana Bruhl, June 2014.

Working around the world, Lynne has traveled to a variety of countries raising money for organizations such as The Hunger Project, and then creating her own philanthropic institution in 1996, The Pachamama Alliance — a social profit (nonprofit) organization, co-founded with her husband Bill, whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.

Lynne describes fundraising as:

  • a sacred and holy work
  • reallocating money away from what we fear to what we love
  • what is needed in the world
  • transforming
  • about love and relationships
  • empowering money with the gift of our soul

Following the course of history, the teachable spirit can see that great changes were supported by fundraising, although we may not typically consider that to be the case initially.

Fundraisers change history.

Left to right: Dr. Jeff Kahrs and Dr. Warren Bruhl performing chiropractic care on the residents of Rift Valley.

Changing the course of history by bringing chiropractic care to Africa, Left to right: Dr. Jeff Kahrs and Dr. Warren Bruhl assisting the residents of the Kimana Rift Valley, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

Consider the following examples:

The money gets spent right away, but the difference it makes lives on, embodying life and meaning into the money, which is captured in the work that is carried on because of it. Fundraising is an act of love, sharing authentic passion in a non-manipulative manner, finding partnership with people who are desiring to help the same issues, connecting relationship with advocates for the same cause. The mission of the organization empowers the fundraising. Money donated to the cause is transformed in the process, imbued with the intent and purpose of the mission.

Fundraisers are social prophets working for social profit.

Sandy Taylor spoon feeding water to a small child, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

Sandy Taylor spoon feeding water to a small child, Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

Appreciating Lynne’s philosophy has inspired the teachable spirit to look at fundraising through the eyes of one who has seen the transformation financial support can give to situations that may seem desperate. From her perspective, these are opportunities for altering the course of events for a better outcome. Working with Douglas Monene, Founder of Ingrid Education Centre, Dr. Warren Bruhl of Dreamweaver International, and Dr. Jeff Kahrs, who desires the transformation of Kenya as much as I do, led me to the Upaya Center in Santa Fe to better understand the fundraising process. The holistic transformation of body, soul, and spirit is our collective desire for the people we work with, including those who provide financial support.

As scripture says,

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. –3 John 1:2

Opportunities abound for contributing to the effort.

Be holistically transformed today through supporting the work of Dreamweaver International in creating the Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, serving the Maasai in a 250 square mile area in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya where there is no medical facility.

Examination time! Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

Examination time! Kimana, Kenya, December 2013. Photo by Beret Meyers Photography.

  • $25 will purchase antibiotics to save 5 people from a death threatening infectious disease
  • $50 will purchase worm medicine to treat 100 children
  • $100 will purchase medical supplies to complete 3 basic emergency medical procedures
  • $350 will purchase a portable adjusting table to provide chiropractic care for thousands of Maasai over the next 10 years
  • $1,000 will purchase 1/10th of the cost of a medical suite for patient care.

For more information on how you can make an incredible impact on the Maasai in the Kimana Rift Valley of Kenya by contributing to the Mount Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of  the Board through Dreamweaver International.

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