The Soul of Money

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Dear Super Girl:

Fundraising is a rough job.  It really is the hardest part of running a non-profit.  It’s also probably taught me the biggest lessons so far.

Not long ago someone sent me Lynne Twist’s book The Soul of Money.  It’s a beautiful – and at times painful – read.  Most importantly, though, the book helped me.

I’ve always known the power of what we created.  I’ve always known Severson Sisters was meant to reach the lives of millions.  Our Super Girl program was created with love and soul and it is going to impact girls everywhere.

How we get it to the point I see in my daydreams is a question that is always in the forefront of my mind.  I think my job is to nurture the roots of this organization while growing its wings.  I could do both of those jobs better with additional resources.

Severson Sisters was in a fundraising lull when the book The Soul of Money came to me. Truth be told, as I write this, I’d say we’re still in a fundraising lull.  When it’ll change is unknown.  While it’s hard to move forward at times when we’re so dependent upon who gives, how much they give, and when they give, I’m always optimistic.  One coach I have told me to adopt the mindset that we’re one phone call away from putting into motion all of our daydreams.

Our goal is always to inspire girls to live authentically as their awesome, super selves. That’s our goal with or without funds.  We give our supporters opportunity every day to dedicate their dollars to empowering young girls with our Super Girl program.  When we’re in a strong financial flow, it feels easier to operate Severson Sisters.  When we’re in a financial lull our goal to inspire girls is still there.  Schools still call us and scholarship applications to train adults as facilitators still come in.  Our job is to figure out how to reach girls around the world with what we have right now – without knowing when the next donation is coming in.

Here’s where The Soul of Money comes in.  The book helped me, and as a result, helped our Board of Directors, see that regardless of what’s in our bank account, we’re able to make a huge impact on a life.  We’ve done that from day one.  We’ve raised $122,475 in the last three years and three months.  And we’ve impacted 1,105 girls with those funds.

“Money becomes a conduit, a way to express our highest ideals.”

It doesn’t say how much money helps us express our highest ideals.  It just says money. So, one day I looked around our office and saw 10 Super Girl Guide to Respect Workbooks.  They were already paid for.  I called one of our Super Girl Facilitators who happens to be an intern at Arizona State University.  Then I called a counselor at a school. And by the end of the day we had a Super Girl program running for 10 girls at this school – with our Facilitator – and workbooks that were already paid for. 

We’re an empowerment organization and that starts first and foremost by moving within from a higher power.  By the end of that day our Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Super Girl Facilitators all adopted a new mantra.  I’m going to keep that mantra private within our internal structure.  The bottom line is this – our worth and value as an organization will always live within the girls we inspire.

The paragraph within The Soul of Money that gave me the biggest life lesson for me personally is this:

“Money is like water.  It can be a conduit for commitment, a currency of love.
Money moving in the direction of our highest commitments nourishes our world and ourselves.
What you appreciate appreciates.
When you make a difference with what you have, it expands.
Collaboration creates prosperity.
True abundance flows from enough; never from more.
Money carries our intention.  If we use it with integrity, then it carries integrity forward.
Know the flow – take responsibility for the way your money moves in the world.
Let your soul inform your money and your money express your soul.
Access your assets – not only money but also your own character and capabilities, your relationships and other non-money resources.”

The reason that paragraph stands out for me is because over the course of three years and three months, I’ve personally been paid roughly $20,000 from the $122,475 Severson Sisters has raised.  Running Severson Sisters is my full-time job and learning my value as a CEO while earning so little financially has caused me the greatest pain and also the biggest reward.  

I’ve had to learn and really appreciate what I’ve done for the world regardless of what I was paid.  I’ve been given the opportunity to learn a new way of seeing the Return – On – Investment on myself and acknowledge that I’ve personally created great benefit with the money I have been paid.

The Soul of Money helped me see that my value as a business leader has no attachment to the wealth that serves Severson Sisters’ mission and in turn pays me to support me and my day-to-day actions.  My value and worth lies in my heart and soul and what I do each day to make the world a loving place to exist in.  

This sentence came to life for me at the end of chapter nine:

“Money carries the power and intention we give it.  Endow it with your stand.  Empower it to change the dream.”

You have the power to make the world a better place right now regardless of what you have in your bank account.  Take a stand with what you do have, Super Girl.  Empower yourself and inspire someone else to join you on your journey.

Let’s see what happens next!

Sending you all my very best Super Girl energy for an empowering kinda day!

Carrie Severson

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