April 13, 2002
8PM, San Francisco, CA
What does CharityFocus mean to you?
Just as a rose gives perfume and a
bird sings a beautiful song, so it is in our nature to be of service to others.
There is that place of love, of light, and of peace within us. As Ram Dass said
so eloquently, if I am in that place within me and you are in that place within
you, then there is only one of us. CF is an instrument to discover that place.
Generosity in words creates
confidence; generosity in thinking creates profoundness; generosity in giving
creates love. CharityFocus has
given me the opportunity to create and share this bond of love.
Howard Thurman said, "Don't
ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and
go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
CharityFocus is about doing what makes us come alive –
CharityFocus has been the name,
from our small beginnings, and
the focus remains the same.
Charity forms a circle,
among helpers, mentors, and
a circle of giving and compassion,
one that never ends.
Often times we are so caught up in
our daily lives that we feel that we can't even breath or take a quick break. CF
provides an opportunity for anyone to take inventory of their life and see what
they have to contribute or share, be it money, time, or just a kind word.
Service doesn't start when you have
something to give. It occurs
naturally when you have nothing left to take.
Service is love in action.
CharityFocus to me is a way of
life. It's a way of interacting and
living our lives in ultimate fulfillment. It
is a revolution in the making, a revolution of sincerity, truth and goodness.
It is a vision of how we can all work and live together, a vision of how
to make what's really important count. It
is an infinite well of inspiration and a pinnacle of righteousness.
Happiness lies in accepting life.
That moment of pure acceptance gives birth to a flame of compassion that is not
about getting, wanting, or wishing, but rather about the most sincere simplicity
– a simplicity of the heart that knows no fears, feels no hatred, and
manifests the purest spirit of service.
CF keeps me
taught that civil society is built on conflicting impulses: self-interest, in
which we strive to better our lives and the lives of those closest to us, and
generosity, where we act on our instincts of goodwill, egalitarianism, empathy,
and justice. We each carry this
conflict with in us. Only the great
appear to live their lives in utter selflessness. For the rest of us, perhaps it is enough to be touched by
what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature,” to make each
point of human contact an opportunity to express respect, consideration,
humility, and, where the need exists, compassion and service.
When we realize that preconceived
notions limit our sense of identity, that is the inspiration for service. When
we then see that this sense of identity can be expanded, that forms the
foundation for service. And when we finally act in accordance with this grounded
inspiration, that IS service. Viral
I don't serve to live, because it
gives more than one can take. I
live to serve, because the joy of service makes life worth living.
I do things to help others to
combat cynicism in myself and others. Hunter
The act of giving helps us to
overcome our sense of insecurity and experience a stronger tie with the rest of
the world. Thus it is a powerful tool for personal spiritual development.
Inspiration is not only a matter of
being “pumped up.” It is, at
its core, a deep communion with one’s love for humanity and life itself.
True service is a dissolving of the
self in order to truly listen to and provide for the wants of others.
When we give from this place of communion, we have awoken.
True giving is when we
wholeheartedly drop the idea of the "I," the "me", and the
self-serving ego as separate from everyone else. Only when we come from a place
of humility and genuineness, can we do something for the greater good of others.
Those who can, do. Those who
cannot, help others who can. Ash
Willa Cather wrote, “That is
happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.”
What can be greater than living a life of service?
Working with CharityFocus is thus the internal pursuit of happiness, for
the greatest joy comes from the greatest giving.
And all the givers of the planet work in the likeness of the one who
gives to all. And there can be no
greater joy than to be in likeness with the greatest giver.
Volunteering is work with rewards
that surpass money and recognition, and fringe benefits like: no office
politics, unfriendly competition, or fear of layoffs.
Inspiration is something that
touches our heart and mind and encourages us to venture beyond our boundaries.
CharityFocus is a tool of inspiration.
Before CharityFocus, the need to
serve was present but never "materialized." Now, there is a channel and a venue for regular folks like me
to do their part to help better the world.
As our motto goes, we are in the service of "helping others help
others." I think I have
become a better person, a better citizen of the world.
CharityFocus has allowed me to
understand the true meaning of service, by integrating it so deeply in my
everyday life. I don't think I can ever have a life without service!
From chaos comes order...
From a chaotic world comes a collective order (CharityFocus) that strives
to do what it can to make the world a better place.
CharityFocus work fills my heart
with the love and transforms me as I witness the grace of human spirit that lies
within the people we reach for and work with. Susan
Service is surrender.
The more we give, the deeper we are allowed to reach in and experience
the true nature of giving. As we come ever closer to the source, no wealth is attained.
It is surrendered. In its surrender lies all wealth. John
genius of CharityFocus is not found in the (truly wonderful) websites its
volunteers produce; it is that by operating collectively, we create a mechanism
through which each of us can act in the service of others. The service of each volunteer in turn creates opportunities
for others to serve. The effect is
cumulative and, as CharityFocus continues to grow, awesome to contemplate.
Service is a prerequisite to
appreciation – one never quite realizes how blessed they are, until they try
to employ their gifts in the service of those less fortunate.
Service is the connection of self
to the world. Anita
has meant everything to me. It has inspired me to reassess the priorities in my
life around what is most important: love,
joy, and bliss. CharityFocus has served to remind me that service is the highest
Service is the passing of the flame
so that we can all walk together in a world full of light.
In volunteering with CF, I feel
like I get as much as I give. Whether it is through inspiration or the good
deeds of others, the organization recharges its volunteers' energy all the time,
and CF volunteers are constantly inspiring one other to reach for greater
heights. I can't imagine a better recipe for successful and happy volunteerism.
Little nameless acts of kindness
and generosity put the stamp of divinity on the document of human life.
What does CharityFocus mean to you?