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Carolyn Dun on Generosity

Carolyn Dun tells us why it's better to give than receive as well as how to be more impactful with our generosity.

26 min / Published

Carolyn Dun is the founder of Community Purse and knows first hand that giving is as much a blessing as receiving.  She has a lot to share about why this is true as well as sharing how to be more impactful with our generosity.

Meet our Guest Carolyn:

Carolyn Dun is someone you should know. She and her husband currently live in the northern suburbs of Chicago from where they launched their now adult son and daughter. Carolyn is a connector extraordinaire and saw a gap between small locally focused nonprofits and the abundance of resources in the communities around her. So she started community purse, a giving circle that is fast approaching half a million dollars being donated to community organizations.

Connect with me and let me hear your thoughts:

Website - http://www.thismomknows.com
FB - www.facebook.com/thismomknows 
IG - www.instagram.com/thismomknowspodcast

Topics we cover:

  • The concept and purpose of Community Purse, a giving circle
  • How Carolyn and her husband became interested in stewardship and generosity
  • The inspiration behind Community Purse
  • The simple and effective model of Community Purse
  • The impact of pooling resources for larger grants
  • Overcoming objections and misconceptions about giving
  • The range of nonprofits supported by Community Purse
  •  Who is granted, gifted the grant
  • The difference between a good ask and a great ask for grant recipients
  • The power of stories and client testimonials in nonprofit presentations
  • The positive reception of Community Purse by nonprofits and churches
  • The challenges that Community Purse faced in making sure that there was this healthy balance between nonprofits and the donors
  •  The basic steps involved with starting a chapter of Community Purse
  •  Favorite time-saving gadget/system

Resources mentioned:

Community Purse https://www.communitypurse.org/
Generous Giving https://generousgiving.org/
National Christian Foundation https://www.ncfgiving.com/
Crown Financial Ministries https://www.crown.org/
Why Giving is Good for Your Health https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-giving-is-good-for-your-health/

Carolyn's favorite time saving tool is the donor advised fund National Christian Foundation, but she also loves her fitbit!

Link to transcript: https://www.thismomknows.com/blog/episode-43 

Connect with Carolyn:

Community Website: https://www.communitypurse.org/ 
(and find out how to start a local chapter of Community Purse where you are!)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/communitypurse/

About This Mom Knows

Moms know a lot of things, and when we start talking, ideas form, energy builds, and we take action. This Mom Knows is a place for moms to mompreneurs to find encouragement, connection, and maybe even collaboration but most importantly community with moms who know.  So, grab a cup of coffee, maybe a paper and pencil to jot down an idea or two, and let's discover what This Mom Knows.

  • nonprofit
  • giving
  • generosity
  • Giving Tuesday
  • stewardship
  • impact
  • giving circle
  • multiplication
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