Monday, August 16, 2010

Why I Do, What I Do

Grab the Torch, a relatively new nonprofit organization, operates a philanthropy camp each summer for high school students from around the country who are interested in the nonprofit sector. Their stated mission is to "to deliver an organic and common sense approach for the future of giving, volunteering and philanthropy to the next generation." Leaders in the sector are asked to present to the students about their organizations, as well as what led them to do the work they do. This video presentation, called "Why I Do,What I Do", begins with my personal journey from childhood to the present (in 6 minutes!) followed by a discussion of how best to give to charity (social investing) and the current and future plans of Charity Navigator. There is also a brief exercise with the kids asking how they would decide to donate to a charity helping in Haiti if given $1,000. I have also attached the slides that were used during the presentation (including my Buddha look-a-like babyhood, turban and long hair days!). I hope you find it of interest or at least get a laugh from the photos!


Isha Shiri said...

Hello Mr. Ken.

Great initiative and example.

I wish success and peace.


Ken Berger said...


Thanks. I wish you the same!


Mazarine said...

Dear Ken,

Thanks for creating a slideshow about your childhood and your search for spiritual meaning. That picture of you in a turban is a trip! What spiritual path did you eventually decide on?

I find your candor refreshing in an age where everyone is wondering how much to reveal of themselves online.


Ken Berger said...


I am a Christian. My point to the kids though was the critical importance of the Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is in contrast to what is more often lived and valued (including in my upbringing) - the other so-called golden rule - he who has the gold, rules! All major religions teach the critical importance of giving of oneself to have a life worth living. At least that was my takeaway from my spiritual journey and what I tried to impart to the kids.

Thanks for your kind words of support. Keep it wild!


Marc Silverstein said...

Ken: when will it stop? does greed know no bounds?

Ken Berger said...


I can not answer your profound question beyond the observation that good also has no bounds. The key is get people to really use their heads to find those organizations and leaders that are mission vs. money driven.