In Greg’s bio, he poses a question. “Have you ever received the gift of someone else’s goodness?” And like Greg, my answer is yes. What resonates with me about this question is the way someone’s goodness can be given in such a multitude of ways. It can be as small as someone holding a door for you when your arms are full or as grand as a community joining together to help a family who lost everything in a house fire. With such a wide range of possibilities when it comes to acts of kindness, here is my story that reflects the giving goodness of others.

Throughout my career, I have been blessed with countless opportunities to meet people from all walks of life—each with their own story, each with examples of generosity—sometimes shown to them and sometimes given from them. I have been inspired and moved by these examples of giving hearts in action not just when I met them, interviewed them and in turn shared their stories with others, but for years to come. And yes, some of that goodness was shown to me throughout the years. Sometimes it came in the form of friendship and time. Sometimes through thoughtful acts like sweet little gifts for my children at Christmas or something simple like an introduction to an idea or perspective that moved me to be better, pushed me forward on new paths. Now I feel as though I have the opportunity to be involved in introducing new, exciting ideas, and in the process, in some small way, I can give back by being a part of Aspire to Give®.

As I met with Greg and heard him speak of his vision and passion—not just for life and helping others—but for a new frontier in the philanthropic arena, I became excited for the opportunity to “pay it forward,” to help donors become better in their giving. I am extremely grateful for all the goodness I have received and witnessed from others. I look forward to the opportunity to motivate others to do more good by applying my journalism skills, sharing inspirational stories and providing connections to needed resources or like-minded individuals. For more than 17 years, I have been in the field of communications in some way, at times more deeply entrenched then others—being everything from a feature writer to editor to technical writer—and all roads have led me here to Auburn, Ala., where I reside with my husband and our three bundles of joy. I now have the chance to be part of something bigger than me that has the potential to create positive change for many. It is my hope—my aspiration—that you too will participate, and you will Aspire to Give®.

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If you are interested in learning more about Aspire to Give®'s pursuit to advance philanthropy through donor-focused education, social innovation, collaboration, and advocacy, please reach out to Greg Doepke: Greg@AspiretoGive.com

Disclosure: Greg Doepke is the founder and principal of Aspire to Give®, a social enterprise that donates 100% of all profits to charity and is dedicated to unleashing the human spirit to advance philanthropy through donor education, social innovation, collaboration, and advocacy.