June 2, 2008

CONTENT FROM THE SITE: 'OUR STORY'

We are working on content for the e-Partners in Giving web site, and there is one page that allows us to tell "Our Story." This is the first draft of this feature. I thought I would share it on this blog:



“How” and “Wow” – that is the question and the reaction we get when we talk to people about e-Partners in Giving.

The “How” is pretty standard: “How did you come up with that idea?”

It’s the “Wow” that takes off in a hundred different directions:
• Some people say….“Wow! That is a great idea.”
• That’s usually followed up with….“Wow! I could never do anything like that!”

• Some other responses….“Wow! Didn’t you (Drew Myers, President/CEO) used to be a football coach?”

• Or…. “Wow! How many business classes did you (Drew Myers, President/CEO) actually take in college? I thought you were a journalism major.”

• We get A LOT of…”Wow! Why didn’t I think of that?” (That’s personally our favorite.)

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This is definitely a crazy adventure for every member of the e-Partners in Giving Family, but once you step back and look at the whole picture, it doesn’t seem that “crazy” at all.

The concept of e-Partners in Giving is simple: Give people a safe and easy way to give back through charitable donations. Recently, we have taken that mission statement and made it genuinely radical: We want to help change the world – one donation at a time.

We truly feel like we have developed a business model that has the potential to have a profound social impact.

The “Wow” aspect – specifically the tremendous risk taken by some members of the e-Partners Family – is fairly easy to wrap your mind around as well.

When you discover a niche/opportunity in the market place – and believe in it as strongly as we do – taking the radical leap of faith is easy. (Whether that leap is quitting your job, investing your life savings, or simply saying, “I want to be a part of that.”)

It’s our passion about e-Partners in Giving that drives us and makes us unique.

Another part of the “Wow” aspect has been the conscious decision to take control of our lives – making a radical career change in order to do something that fuels the fire of our inner soul.

We didn’t want to be like so many people who hate their job, but refuse to do anything about it. (That statement might not apply to you, but we’re sure you know a handful of people who live this way.)

This excerpt from the book “Into The Wild” by Jon Krakuer captures exactly what we’re referring to: “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”

Our “adventurous spirit” is currently riding an amazing roller coaster – one that has the potential of touching many different lives in many different ways.

We know that’s not much of a “story,” but if you would like to read more about the “How” – where the idea for e-Partners in Giving came from – stay tuned. 

BLOG NOTE: I've actually written the second part of "Our Story," but it's a wide-open peek behind the e-Partners' curtain. NOT that anyone besides my close family and friends are going to read this, but you NEVER know.

So you can e-mail me and I'll e-mail it back to you OR you can just wait until the site goes live.

1 comment:

Rick said...

Drew,
Danny Morrison called and he's really disheartened that you're not working on the annual report right now. We need a theme that is "Nike-ish" but also "classy."

Rick

P.S. - Class. Integrity. Results.

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