Giving in Community: Lessons from the Tracies

RG Alumni Oona Coy talking about her experience becoming part of the Tracies, a team of major donors who have committed to giving at least $10,000 a year for at least three years to RG. During the first year, the group voted on a name and decided to call themselves The Tracies, in honor of one of RG’s founding members and first Executive Director Tracy Hewat (who is also one of the initial founders of the major donor team). 

What’s most profound for me about being a Tracy is feeling connected to a group of people that have committed to supporting RG financially in a long-term and significant way. I have given to RG for many years through my mother’s family foundation and personally at the Tracy’s level. I’ve also given to many non-profits and friends and other projects. But becoming a Tracy was the first time I’ve ever felt connected to the other people giving significant gifts to any organization. This isn’t about having my name put on a plaque or being seated in the front row — this is about real conversations together. Wow, it feels different. (more…)

Let’s stretch together! My Spring Appeal Letter for RG

Dear Friends of RG,

Happy Resource Generation 15th Anniversary! It is an honor to ask you to support RG as I transition off staff.

Will you join me by donating today?

Today is the day with the greatest disparity in the distribution of wealth since the Gilded Age a century ago. The top 1% own (have a net worth of) more than 90% of America’s households combined. And the disparity is getting worse. Not the world you want to live in, right? Not good for you, not good for anyone.

But we know that the world could look really different… (more…)

The Multiplying Effect

The initial gathering of inchworms my son and his friends 'saved' from a foraging robin. Their investment grew to 72 inch worms.

RG Alumni Julie McVeigh talking about her experience becoming part of the Tracies, a team of major donors who have committed to giving at least $10,000 a year for at least three years to RG. During the first year, the group voted on a name and decided to call themselves The Tracies, in honor of one of RG’s founding members and first Executive Director Tracy Hewat (who is also one of the initial founders of the major donor team). 

When Resource Generation asked me to be a Tracy, pledging to give $10,000 each year for three years, I gasped and said I couldn’t. I wanted to support RG and I thought giving $30,000 was for those who had a lot of money, not me. The most I had ever given an organization was $10,000 once to a capital campaign. In general, my husband and I gave a handful of $1,000 gifts each year. I took a deep breath and stretched to pledge RG the support of 1/2 a Tracy at $5,000/year for 3 years. (more…)