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The Outsized Impact of Faith-Based Non-Profits in the Social Sector

526 Imagining Abundance Devin Murphy
Leadership Foundations

Leadership Foundations

On Wednesday, May 26, we launched the newest Leadership Foundations Town Hall series, “Imagining Abundance”. For the next 6 weeks, we will be examining the transformational idea of God’s deep abundance present in our world.

How can we find freedom by shifting from a mindset of scarcity to one of abundance? What might that mean for our world’s cities and those of us ministering in them? How does that mindset affect our fundraising? And how is philanthropy seeking to live into abundance?

In the first episode, Devin Murphy joins us to share how faith-based non-profits “serve as the bulwark of the social safety net for the most vulnerable among us” yet are often overlooked by institutional philanthropies. Devin is a Partner with The Bridgespan Group and co-author of “Elevating the Role of Faith-Inspired Impact in the Social Sector,” and “Billion Dollar Bets’ to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American,” a series of articles outlining 15 philanthropic opportunities for increasing economic mobility.

As always, we were also joined for an update by from of our Leadership Foundations on their vital work in our cities. This week Abhishek Gier, President of Catalyst Leadership Foundation, shared a special update on the situation in Delhi, India.

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Celia Vigil

Communications Fellow

What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.