Generosity is Your Own Gift

I am honored to be good friends with Rich Dutra and Yvonne Saint John—the founders of Challenge Day. They are two of the most generous people I know, and most years I have been an active fundraiser with them for their global teen violence prevention program: Challenge Day.

Recently, I opened my home for an annual fundraiser where we invited a group of 100 supporters and about fifty of those show up personally for the event. The last two years the event has raised an average of $100,000.

I do “the ask” at the event, and I set the goal to being generous.

I share:

“I have found that the greatest gift of abundance is the ability to act in the most generous capacity in every decision I make.”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I say “No, thank you,” to many invitations, however, when I’m a “yes, that’s easy,” I make it a point to be as generous as I can be in all respects. My heart (and my pocketbook) is especially generous to the nonprofits that serve our youth.

Generosity breeds abundance.

At first reflection, the world is our playground, and we think of all that we have in our material lives as what it means to have abundance. But real abundance comes with a deeper perspective of a generous heart and spirit that far surpasses the illusive material world… It’s the number one principle of attracting what you most deeply desire—first offering it to receive it.

It is the greatest privilege of having any level of wealth–the ability to be generous.

I’ve seen this over and over in many of my successful friends. The one thing they all have in common is that they go out of their way to make sure the other is having the best experience possible. They always have–even before they became successful on paper. It’s perhaps the easiest way to interpret there is no separation in the joy we are able to give and that which we receive when we give. The gift is the same and generosity becomes a gift to all.

The other day, however, as I attended a live “free” concert in San Francisco; I was shocked to see how many people did not give a suggested donation of $10. I looked around and clearly the majority of the crowd could afford to but did not reach into their pockets to support the venue and the artists playing. It always surprises me that much of the world still misses the important opportunity to give at every turn and how that simple gesture is one of lack and not one of creating abundance. I decided to double my own donation.

As you choose to be generous with your heart, your time, and your resources, you will be living your most vibrant life.

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By | 2017-08-30T08:10:45+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Living The Big Stuff|6 Comments


  1. robyn irwin July 1, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Sorry i can,t help you with a donation because i am on a pension i would did it if i had lot of money but i don,t sorry

    • Kristine Carlson July 1, 2016 at 8:06 am - Reply

      Hey there, Robyn,
      I was hoping you and others wouldn’t latch on to the ability or inability of giving money as the only way to give generously. It is equally generous to give of our spirit and time–as it is our resources. No apology needed. Best, Kris

  2. deborah July 2, 2016 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this beautiful post Kristine. i always appreciate and enjoy your wisdom and grace as a breath of fresh air! you’ve done it again, with this post as a reminder to always live from the heart.

    • Kristine Carlson July 3, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Deborah! Really appreciate this lovely comment–more than you know! Love, Kris

  3. Sherry July 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Kristine, Thank you! I cannot wait to read your post everyday. My mornings routine has changed. I no longer listen to the news while I get ready. I listen to one of your podcast and what a different it has made in my life. Thank you, You are a Blessing to all of us.

    • Kristine Carlson July 13, 2016 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Wonderful! So good to hear—thank you, with all my heart! Kris

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