Why we give-There is more to the story
In a post last week I gave some examples of why we give. My examples in that post discussed our interest in the YMCA and Scouting. As you can tell, my wife and I have a great deal of interest in both of those causes and the personal impact on our lives is significant, both personally and professionally.
My vocational interests also have an influence on why we give and where we give. Let me cite an example today of another cause I pour much of my time and resources into. The ACE Mentor program provides opportunities for young men and women to learn about the Architecture, Engineering and Construction world and their career offerings. This program was founded over 20 years ago through the effort of many, led by Charles Thornton, formerly of Thornton Tomasetti.
I first learned about ACE when I worked in the consulting engineering field. I spent a little time helping ACE then and from the exposure introduced the program to my youngest son and his friends. He took a great interest in the program and it led to his choosing to attend a Construction Science program at Auburn University. The rest is history.
I had the good fortune to join the ACE board here in Nashville a few years ago and will become the president of ACE Mentor in our area in May 2016. As a result of this knowledge of ACE, I have had the great fortune to meet many outstanding young men and women who have chosen to further their careers in one of the three areas. Additionally, our program has been successful in broadening the emphasis of the curriculum to include students who are more "trade oriented" and we have also begun to fund scholarships in the trades as well as the traditional scholarships we give to college-bound students. In 2015 alone we allocated over $38,000 in scholarships to students in our program who have chosen to pursue degrees in the ACE world. The friendships I have gained through my association with this program have been wonderful.
One of the common threads I have found from giving back is that you get so much in return. I sometimes feel guilty because I have gotten so much from giving, but that is not unusual when I talk to others who like to give.
In my last post I talked about my philanthropic mentor, George Goyer. George had a phrase that I still remember today. It went something like this: "Give until you feel good!" At first this made little sense to me, but as time has passed I have come to realize that George had it right.
When was the last time you felt good? When was the last time you really gave?
Think about it and take action today.