We are live again from the GoBundance event with an incredible guest, Javier La Fianza. He’s the founder and CEO of Valiente Philanthropic Strategies, a consulting firm that helps create greater philanthropic impact for nonprofit organizations, corporate foundations, and high net worth individuals through effective strategic planning, fundraising, capacity building, and organizational development.

There’s a stigma when it comes to the nonprofit sector, specifically when it comes to making a living. The common understanding is that, to make a difference, you have to sacrifice making an income. But Javier says that’s not true. If you have the skills to run a business, and you know what you’re doing, you can make a good living in this space.

If you’re looking to make a difference in the world and thinking about starting a nonprofit yourself, Javier says: don’t – at least not right away. There are so many organizations out there, likely many doing what you would like to do. Rather than competing with each other for resources, your best bet at making a difference could be finding a nonprofit that aligns with your goals and working with them directly. 

There are so many ways to make an impact in this world beyond just giving money. Reach out to the nonprofits that are doing what excites you and find out what they need the most. Offer your time or your services. And if it turns out that organization isn’t the one for you, there are many more out there to choose from. 

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what change you want to make in the world.


The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway

“One of the most important things in my life is trying to live a life based on gratitude and trying to stay in gratitude and be grateful and do acts of service. When I’m living my life in gratitude, that drowns out those negative voices in my head sometimes. You can’t live in resentment when you’re being grateful.”



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