Philanthropy is getting younger. More and more young people are joining seasoned philanthropists by getting involved in social change and becoming first-time donors. Trusted intermediaries, like Levé, are organizing talent and resources in a specific way to impact change.
Last year, 2016, marked our first year as a board without a founding member. It was intimidating and a bit overwhelming at first. How could we live up to what the women before us built? The founding members of Levé built this organization from the ground up—from a college party for a good cause to a grown-up 501(c)3 nonprofit. We’re so grateful they had the forethought to create this space for Portland women who want to give back (and have some fun). So, we had to ask ourselves: how do we move forward without losing the essence of what Levé is?
Levé’s 2015-2016 President, Kate Baldwin, kicks off our “Why I Give” blog series as she stresses the importance of philanthropy and giving back to our community.
Time. Treasure. Talent. These are the three words that you often hear in the non-profit sector. Some may even argue these words are overused, but to me they mean so much more. Since joining Levé shortly after graduating from college in 2012, I quickly learned the power of giving back, what it meant to be a philanthropist (no, you don’t need to have millions of dollars), and the true impact of a group of dedicated and energized individuals.