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I am bogged down in looking for grant sources for the shelter.  It wouldn’t be so bad if the sites weren’t so very specialized.  “We only fund innovative arts”.  “We’re interested in urban children ages 9-24 in the greater Los Angeles area”.  Or this doozy:  Our strategy is to systematically examine areas of society in which underperformance, inefficiency, concentrated power, lack of information, lack of accountability, lack of transparency, lack of balance among interests or other barriers to human progress and achievement exist. We then apply a rigorous and comprehensive entrepreneurial problem-solving approach to these areas, considering all possible strategies, tactics, and resource allocations to effect solutions. Our approach is not limited to what has been tried, or even what has been proposed, in the past. Instead we seek to incentivize and motivate bold new creative thinking and effort,  to boldly go where no man has gone before, to seek out new life, and new civilizations…

Meh.  I must admit, some of the verbiage has me running for cover. But…certain folks have an axe to grind with their (significant) wealth.  That’s a mighty big axe.  In the past 3 days, I have viewed over 100 foundation sites, from New York to Washington state and everywhere in between.  It’s a lot of rhetoric.  It’s a ton of money.  It’s an outlandish amount of responsibility, a call to stewardship of the highest magnitude.

I love to read the back stories of these millionaires and billionaires. A few inherited great amounts of money and it’s been kept in perpetuity.  Others were self-made men and women.  I think it’s great they’ve established ways to continually give back to the community and sometimes the world.  It’s inspiring.

Check out the Maybees, and I don’t mean maybe.  The Maybees, John (left) and Lottie (right), were a childless couple from Missouri who dedicated their wealth to serving various educational, religious and charitable institutions.  They focused their efforts in the great states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  To date, they’ve given out over $935 million.  Not bad, considering they died in 1961 and 1965, respectively. I’d never heard of them until I started digging for shelter gold.

It’s just possible all this grant research has granted me (ha!) a little gift of hope for the future of our country.

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