Organizations Doing Good, Part 3

Part 3 of our “Organizations Doing Good” Series. You can also check out Part one and Part two.

1. Rwanda Clean Water– launched at Catalyst in 2005. To date has raised 1.75 million for clean water in Rwanda. 

2. Not For Sale– fighting slavery around the world. David Batstone is a good friend and doing great work. 

3. Trade As One– inspiring organization led by Nathan George that purposes to create sustainable business that will break cycles of poverty in different areas around the world- through the marketing/selling of Fair Trade items and goods. 

4. Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee– great friends of Catalyst. Their slogan is “Drink Coffee. Do Good.” They’ve served thousands of cups of Rwandan coffee to Catalyst attendees over the last couple of years.

5. Hoops of Hope– one of my favorite initiatives out there. Austin Gutwein has created a movement of free throw shooting gatherings around the country that are raising millions of dollars for children in Africa. Austin’s first book, Take Your Best Shot, will soon be releasing as well.


Joyful Giving. Really.

This is what I call a joyful giver….. thanks to Soul City Church blog for making me aware! 

It’s Not My Fault…..

Great post recently from Seth Godin  entitled “I Only Work Here.” Seth comments on how he’s had conversations with multiple people in the same company who have all used the phrase “well, I only work here,” when responding to issues that Seth has brought up to them regarding their company. One person even stated to Seth, “All I do is work here. They pay my salary, but I’m me, not them.” 

Reality is,” You Are Them,” whether you like it or not. As Seth writes, “If you are not proud of where you work, go work somewhere else. You don’t get the benefit of the brand when it’s hot without accepting the blame of the brand when it’s wrong.” What a great statement. 

This is a great reminder that we really can’t separate ourselves from the brand, organization, movement or initiative that we are working on, for or under. Accept that responsibility, and if things need to change, be willing to step up and do something about it. Or leave. 

“All I do is work here. They pay my salary, but I’m me, not them.”
No, Susan, you are them.
The reason your brand is falling apart is because so many of your colleagues are saying the same thing, denying the same responsibility. Consumers don’t believe (or care) that there are warrens and fiefdoms and monarchies within your company. All they know is that you leverage that brand name every day, as you have for decades, but now, instead of using that brand to polish your reputation as an individual, you’re being forced to accept responsibility for the actions of others.
Do you really think someone who worked for Bernie Madoff will go far with this line? “I’m not Bernie, I just worked with him every day and took a great salary when times were good…” Not sure what the difference is. It’s even worse in your case, because you know what’s happening. You know, but you don’t want to do anything about it.
If you’re not proud of where you work, go work somewhere else. You don’t get the benefit of the brand when it’s hot without accepting the blame of the brand when it’s wrong

Wednesday Five

Ok, this week’s version of the Wednesday Five. 

Top Five Songs being played on my ipod:

1. With Everything – Hillsong United

2. Glory to God Forever – Fee 

3. Man in the Mirror- Michael Jackson

4. It is Well – Todd Fields 

5. Magnificent – U2

Your 20’s establish your 70’s

This is a post to say thanks to my mentor of many years ago Bob Foster. And also to challenge you who are in your 20’s.

I was 22. I worked at Lost Valley Ranch just after college for a couple of years as a Wrangler (yes, I rode a horse several hours a day for a living!), I had the incredible opportunity to be mentored by Bob Foster, Sr. the founder of Lost Valley and a longtime businessman and “social entrepreneur” for his generation. His list of accomplishments and awards was a mile long. He served on a number of boards of very respected non-profits, established a footprint globally by speaking and writing, and was part of a circle of friends that included the “legends”- folks like Hendricks, Graham, Troutman, and others. 

Needless to say, Bob had accomplished much in his life and was a hero and mentor to many. 

We would meet together weekly – scripture memory, Bible study, and personal mentoring. One of the things that will always stand out to me from our time together was the phrase he constantly used- “your 20’s establish your 70’s.” Bob was 75 at the time. Basically, the man (or woman) of God you are in your 20’s will determine the kind of man (or woman) you will be in your 70’s. 

It starts with a foundation. Your legacy is not determined by what you DO as you get old, but is more determined by who you ARE when you are young.

Your 20’s are incredibly important to the man or woman of God you will be. The foundation you lay for your life in your 20’s is what will determine the impact you have over the next 50 years. It will determine the kind of husband, wife, father, mother, employee, employer, friend, confidant, and leader you will be. 

20 somethings- Create your legacy now. 

Thanks Bob for helping me understand the importance of my 20’s. I am a 30-something now, but still working on this.

Catalyst National Tour in St. Louis this week

St. Louis

LV Hanson from the Catalyst team is hanging out in the St. Louis area all week, meeting with pastors, leaders, young influencers, and Catalyst VIP’s as part of the Catalyst National Tour this summer. If you live in the St. Louis area or are in town visiting, send him a tweet DM or message at @catalystleader. You can also connect with him via facebook or by email at

Catalyst Music Project

It’s official! The Catalyst Music Project has officially begun. Laying down the tracks over the next three days. Nathan Nockels and team in the house, including Jason Hoard, Pat Malone, and Jacob Arnold. More musicians singing over the next couple of days. The 12 songs going on the album are now official!