Generosity is over a decade strong- our collaborative efforts have brought the hope of clean water to over half a million people and 20 nations. So how did it all start? Today, we chat with Philip Wagner co-founder of Generosity to learn how it all began.
What inspired you to create Generosity.org?
What inspired me to start giving was seeing how easy it was to help others with the crucial need of clean water. It was seeing the response of people and their giving toward a solution that inspired me to start the organization. And it was seeing the impact of clean water that has kept me going and trying to help more communities.
Generosity is over a decade strong. What keeps you motivated to continue growing the positive impact in providing clean water and vital life resources?
When I see the transformation of individuals and a community of people that occurs when clean water is available it keeps me motivated to continue to help one more person.
What motivates me is the opportunity to help one more person or one more community. I love the quote from the movie, Schindler’s List, “Anyone who saves one life is as if he saved the entire world.” This idea drives me.
What has been the most memorable moment in your time with Generosity?
The first celebration I attended in a community near Gulu, Uganda was a very memorable moment to me because it was the first chance, I had to see the joy people expressed for something so simple as clean water. It was clear that they knew how important that day was. It was a new day for that community of people.
What recommendations or advice would you give to someone who may want to create or lead in a nonprofit in their community?
My advice to someone who may want to create a non-profit is to consider if their non-profit is doing something really unique to help with the problem they want to solve. I think too many people start their own non-profit but should probably just join forces with an organization that is already doing the same work. We can be more effective working together than working independently.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like going to sporting events. I enjoy baseball and basketball games as well as most sports. I like to read all kinds of books for pleasure and for learning new things.
Coffee of choice?
Dark roast Starbucks.
Grilled veggies and brown rice is my favorite meal.
Favorite LA gems?
Oasis Church Dodger Stadium Staples Center
Compassion. (It’s ‘love’ with hands)
What inspires Generosity in your life?
What inspires generosity in my own life is generosity itself. I’ve been inspired by witnessing generosity in other people’s life, I’ve been greatly impacted by the generosity of others in my own life and being generous with others brings a sense of fulfillment unmatched by anything else.
What do you wish to be your life’s message?
If you do what you can do to help one person around you, you could be starting a flame that could become a fire of healing and dignity not only in that one person but thousands of others as a result.
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