Getting Involved and Giving Back

Who doesn’t wish they could give back more to their community? But getting started and making a habit of it can be really difficult. That’s why today we’re talking about women and philanthropy.

Wendy Steele is the founder of Generosity Matters. Through her own experiences with giving back to her community, she has come to understand the impact of generosity and has been encouraging philanthropy for most of her adult life. In 2001, she launched Impact 100, a foundation that brings transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness.

Hear the story of how Wendy is making it easier than ever for women to build up the communities around them, plus her advice for fellow entrepreneurs trying to do it all.

In This Episode

  • The personal story behind Impact 100
  • How “stop and think” gifts engage community members
  • Struggles all powerful women face
  • Tips and tools for managing stress
  • The key to making networking more enjoyable

Quotes in This Episode

“As women, we love to say that we give 110% to everything we do.” —Wendy Steele

“When you’re happy and fully engaged in the work you do, you’re happy and fully engaged when you’re home, too… They feed each other.” —Wendy Steele

“If you are in the habit of continuously learning, you will continuously learn. If you’re in the habit of being focused, and setting goals and attaining them, you just do it.” —Wendy Steele

“All of us, what I call high-capacity women, women who are out there running on all cylinders and trying to do what we do to make the world a better place, it can be hard for us, especially as leaders and solution providers, to ever raise our hand and even admit that we have stress, or that we need a break or we need to do something for ourselves.” —Wendy Steele

“You’ve got to have a place where you can be real, and sometimes real isn’t pretty or perfect, or well put together. Sometimes real is bumpy and uncomfortable, but it’s important.” —Wendy Steele

Resources

Wendy Steele Discusses Women and Philanthropy on Women Worldwide with Deirdre BreakenridgeGenerosity Matters
Impact 100 Council
Connect with Wendy on Twitter