3 Reasons We're NOT Starting A Non-Profit (or asking for your money)

3 Reasons We're NOT Starting A Non-Profit (or asking for your money) 1

The past few weeks have been a RUSH.

We are scared out of our pants. We have waves of fear - and then joy - and then "We have way too much to do!" Overarching all of those feelings is overwhelming peace.

Almost every day, Tim and I look at each other and say with amusement, "Want to sell everything we own, live in an RV, and travel the country helping people?"  "This is crazy!" "Is this real?"

When we first told our family, coworkers, and close friends, they almost all responded the same way - Shock, then Encouragement. Inevitably, one of the comments that followed soon after was, "You should start a non-profit!"

At first, we looked at each other and nodded enthusiastically. Yes, a non-profit! We can help even MORE people that way!

But then we talked and prayed and thought it over  - and have decided against it. With confidence. It was like a weight off of our shoulders when we came to that decision (perhaps one day we'll be compelled to start a non-profit, but not today - this adventure is different).

Here are three (of many) reasons why we won't be asking for your money:

1. We have the entrepreneurial itch. In truth, we always have. We have one LLC in place already and we are certain it won't be our last. As we travel and learn, we'll share with you our plans and our business endeavors. We DO intend to make money on the road...so that we can live...so that we can GIVE.

2. We want to give from our pocketbook (not yours). This trip is, in part, about our family - our sacrifice. We want to set an example of how ordinary people can live frugally and give to others...no matter how much (or how little) they make.

3. We want you to be able to dream with us without being pressured to give us money. When we eat dinner w/ your family or go out to coffee with you, we want it to just be dinner or coffee...not "please support us" or "here's how to donate." We want it to be pure fun and inspiration - the energetic exchange of ideas as we encourage each other in our dreams.

So there you have it. Do you feel relieved? So do we.

Our family spent 2011 traveling the USA in an RV, striving to intentionally "give every day" for the glory of God. We interviewed CEOs of nonprofits and served alongside over 40 organizations and churches.

Our Pledge

We hereby pledge:

- To spend intimate, quantity time with our family.
- To actively help the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the helpless.
- To value, protect, and advocate for children.
- To de-emphasize the importance of “stuff” in our lives.
- To bring publicity to good causes and good people.
- To live with intentionality, as if this year was our very last.
- To observe the needs in our country/community – and then do something about them.
- To give – every day.

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