Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Impossible.org – a new site for all of the philanthropic initiatives at Impossible.
Since I’ve started Impossible, I’ve had an eye towards giving back – specifically on a global scale.
This is mostly because when you realize how fortunate you are (and if you’re reading this blog, that includes you – no matter how bad you think your current situation is – you have the freedom to read this and the leisure time to do something like read a blog), you get perspective on your place in the world.
And when you get perspective on your position in the world, you have a responsibility to:
- Not waste the opportunity whining about your disadvantages or creating excuses for inaction
- Help others push their limits in the same way others have helped you.
That’s why – ever since the early days – we’ve had a Kiva team that’s lent over $42,000 dollars to entrepreneurs throughout 74 countries in the world. We’ve built one school with Pencils of Promise, and raised enough for a couple more, and we’re still going.
The initiative to give back has been ingrained in Impossible since the beginning, but there’s 3 main reasons on why I specifically wanted to create Impossible.org as a way to see all of the charitable projects Impossible is pushing for all in one place.
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The main reason is that (up till now), our charity initiatives have been spread out quite a bit. They weren’t always readily available, and if someone wanted to find out more about that part of our business, they would have had to dig around through a bunch of different URLs. Now, with Impossible.org – all of that is in one place.
Giving Is Integral
I mentioned this already, but giving back is integral to everything I do here at Impossible. Whether it’s raising funds for charities, giving talks to other entrepreneurs or doing selective one-on-one mentoring, I’ve had a lot of people take the time to help me out, so I try to return the favor down the road.
Higher Purposes Driver Higher Action
Making money is useful. Money is fuel and helps you do interesting things. However, after a certain point, making an impact produces bigger changes and is more satisfying. I try to make an impact not only in the business, but also through groups that are helping people in ways we can’t.
Rapid Fire Q&A on Impossible.org
Is Impossible.org it’s own charitable entity?
No – right now all donations are through readers and done as a part of our business, Impossible X directly to the charities and organizations we support.
Do you take any administrative fees?
No – all donations and contributions go directly to the charities. The only time we even touch any of the money is when we’re personally donating it from my personal account or from the business bank account.
Do you have a page on Charity Navigator?
No – we’re not a charity. We just raise funds and awareness for causes we support. We vet the causes we work with strictly and focus on charities that spend their resources directly on the work being done (not administrator salaries). You can see some of their grades here and here.
Are you looking to support any other charities right now? I have a charity and am interested in getting support.
As of right now, we’re set with our partners. That said, we’re always interested to hear about great causes doing great work with strict financial controls.
I’m excited about what Impossible.org will mean for IMPOSSIBLE going forward and the causes that we can support. If you want to keep up with what we’re doing at Impossible.org, check out the site or follow the twitter account @IMPOSSIBLEorg.