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When you give to others you leave more room in your life to receive more of what you gave. ~ Linsey Mills
REAL Teams with Burlington Housing Authority and Michelle Serrano-Mills to Create Unique Partnership
For the past five years the Burlington Housing Authority, in partnership with Truliant Federal Credit Union, has offered REAL entrepreneurship courses to their clients. Through this program Burlington residents in low-income housing have had the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and develop their business ideas. Winston-Salem based REAL Facilitator, Michelle Serrano-Mills, led many of the courses.
While this program has been very beneficial to this point, Burlington Housing Authority special project administrator, Patricia Gilliam, had a greater vision for the future. She was awarded an Americorps Grant to replicate the program throughout the Piedmont, from Wake to Davidson Counties.
Patricia, also a REAL facilitator, and Michelle took elements of what worked well in Burlington to create a series of professional development opportunities for new Americorps members. A central part of their plan was to create a specialized REAL Institute. Along with REAL associate director, Malinda Todd, they engaged Americorps members in a series of workshops this winter to certify them as REAL facilitators who will bring entrepreneurship education to communities throughout the region.
Michelle Serrano-Mills, played a key role in this effort. Because of her experience with facilitating classes at the Burlington Housing Authority she was able to help NC REAL develop and deliver a REAL Institute that will meet the unique needs of other housing authorities. Two of the participants had attended her REAL classes previously and saw firsthand how it worked. Because of Serrano-Mills’ dedication to the entrepreneurship work of Burlington Housing Authority, she has offered to assist the new REAL facilitators as they begin to offer classes throughout the state. She is a wonderful example of how a trained facilitator with a big heart can make a REAL difference in a community.
Original Article Source: http://www.ncreal.org/news
There are 3 reasons why the rich don’t give more?
A new study of multi-millionaires provides some insights. A study, by SEI Private Wealth Management, reports that 82 percent of wealthy families believe that having more money means you have a greater obligation to be philanthropic. However, those survey with a net worth over $10 million listed three main reasons for not giving more.
First, nearly half said they needed more confidence “that the level of their wealth would continue to support their lifestyle and their family.”
Second, they said they would give more if the markets improved.
Finally, a third of those polled said they needed to “find something they could be more passionate about.”
With an improving stock market and a recovering economy there could be greater opportunities for organizations to connect with affluent donors who believe in your mission and work.
A Giving Circle is a type of Social Investment Club created when individuals with similar interests or backgrounds come together, pool their dollars and decide where to donate their collective contributions. Giving Circles are an excellent method of learning about the local community and focusing on those areas where the collective philanthropy of the group can make a difference. Each Giving Circle is unique and can be formal with officers and structure or informal, simply allowing members to pools funds to make a donation to a common cause.
I have enjoyed participating and learning about philanthropy through the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists, a Giving Circle based in Raleigh, NC.
When you find a cause that needs attention you can get others interested by giving your Time, Talent and Treasure.
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