An awesome way to give back

I am truly honored to have been accepted as a new trustee for Awesome CSI.

If you haven’t heard of the Awesome Foundation..

Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.
The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.

While all the chapters have a great mandate I feel particularly at home with this chapter created out of the Centre for Social Innovation a home for start up non profits and social enterprises. And I did feel the hand of fate at play as it was less than 48 hours from expression of interest, to an exchange by email of the current trustees, to the vote of support. Amazing!

As I struggle to add value as a strategic volunteer and quest to find volunteer models relevant for today’s head set, it’s experiences like this that give me hope.

PS They could use a couple more trustees so if you can spare $100 a month and believe in awesome things check out… or email


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