Giving isn’t just about benefitting others–it’s about connecting with the spirit of generosity, an essential part of what makes us human.
Location: San Francisco, California
What is your charity of choice?: Giving to homeless individuals on the street. I’m not sure there’s a more direct way of helping some of the people most immediately in need of help in our communities. It forces me to engage with individuals I’d otherwise have no interaction with, people who are often ignored and generally overlooked by society.
Who inspires you to give?: My former colleague and good friend, Jacob “Muffin Man” Kaufman, walks down Market street in San Francisco every Monday morning, distributing homemade muffins to the homeless and/or hungry. Jacob genuinely cares for the poor and disadvantaged in SF, and goes out of his way to interact and personally embody empathy and generosity in life.
What motivates you to give?: My own sense of privilege and the positive spirit of giving. I feel incredibly blessed with abundance in my life, and being able to share with others or contribute to meaningful causes is a great joy of life.
How do you give of your time?: I love volunteering at Alemany Farm, a community-operated farm in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. 100% of the farm’s 7-ton+ output is given away, for free, to members of the community in need and farm volunteers. As a lawyer, it is also my duty to offer legal services pro bono for socially beneficial causes and individuals in need, and I have been fortunate to provide legal services for great education-oriented organizations like iMentor and Eclasstic.
What advice do you have for others to consider giving?: There’s a Zen saying along the lines of “Between the giver, the recipient, and the gift there is no separation.” Giving can deeply connect you to the things that you love and/or people you care about. Giving isn’t just about benefitting others–it’s about connecting with the spirit of generosity, an essential part of what makes us human.