Thursday, November 10, 2011 • 5:30 am
These have have been tough but such meaningful years.
Minhee and I have been married nearly 15 years, have three incredible children, recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our church, pursued a dream to start a non-profit cafe and music venue, and recently celebrated Minhee’s graduation from grad school.
Today is also a very special day as we’re marking the 2nd anniversary of One Day’s Wages at our Annual Gala. It took us nearly 3 years to start ODW as that’s how long it took to save up the equivalent of our year’s wages. Numerous times, I kicked myself for going “public” with the vision here on my blog.
But here we are…
Since it’s launch, we’ve built a great following on Twitter and over 640,000 people on our Facebook Page. We’ve established some great partnerships with artists, musicians, small businesses, organizations, and with individuals. More specifically, we’ve had 7438 donors who have partnered with us to raise Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, March 3, 2011 • 12:01 am
One of the most common emails I get is about Q Cafe and it goes something like this:
How did you start Q Cafe?
and then it escalates into about 50 other additional questions. Q Cafe opened its doors in 2002 and during that time, there weren’t many folks to ask simply because there weren’t many who were doing these kinds of things. In the first couple years, I genuinely tried to be a good dude and attempted to answer those questions but eventually, I couldn’t sustain it. I stopped responding to most of the emails or at best, I responded with my infamous “Haiku Emails”…
Your vision is cool.
Go for it.
And indirectly, I ended up being a jerk not because I’m a jerk (or at least, I hope I’m not) but I just couldn’t answer all the emails and our other cafe staff are stretched as it is. This is why we’ve tried to pull some resources together to be of some small assistance and encouragement to folks.
I ended up videotaping a Q/A session Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , independent cafe, live music, non-profit, Q Cafe, seattle
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 • 12:01 am
This is a fascinating graph and analysis of “giving” from Mint. If you haven’t seen it, take a few moments to study . Would love to read your thoughts and observations. And in case you were looking for venues to donate, One Day’s Wages has a Haiti Relief and Rebuild Fund. We’re raising $100K to our partner orgs and all of it (mins c.c. costs) go directly to the efforts.
Americans lead the world in charitable contributions, giving $300 billion a year to charities. Sounds like a lot right? But this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the over One Trillion Dollars needed to keep US charities in operation, more than the US government collects in taxes. The rest comes from their own assets, government support, and foreign investment. Our visual guide to giving shows who’s paying and offers some tips on how to pick a charity of your own. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , charity, generosity, giving, non-profit, philanthrophy
Sunday, November 8, 2009 • 3:24 pm
Thanks for your support. Only together – literally – can we ensure the end of extreme poverty. I know there are so many worthwhile causes.
Let’s celebrate, support, and cheer on these efforts and the people behind them.
We’re not here to compete w/ others. We want to celebrate the work and efforts of so many different causes and the people and communities behind them. And so with that, I hope you can help support, cheer on, and even celebrate the work of One Day’s Wages.
Here’s the article: Local Charity Based on Donating a Day’s Salary (or click on image above).
The compelling aspect of ODW is that 100% of your donations (minus transaction costs) go to projects on the ground YOU CHOOSE to fight extreme global poverty. While we may not be able to fix the world, our investments can help change the life of a child, a mother, a father, a family, and even a village.
Here’s three other 5 PRACTICAL things you can do to give us “a bump’: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , charity water, extreme poverty, global poverty, Heal Africa, non-profit, not for sale, One Day's Wages, philanthropy
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 • 12:02 am
Thanks for your support, prayers, encouragement, and patience. Whether we’re ready or not, we’ll be launching One Day’s Wages on October 20 - which happens to be my birthday. Minhee and I are working, saving, and doing all that we can to make our 2009 salary donation on that date and we’ll be asking people to join us by donating their respective one day’s wages. More info and video to come.
But, can you keep all this in prayer? And knowing that people’s personal finances are tight but can you take a step of faith with us and prepare to make that donation as we launch One Day’s Wages?
Here’s three simple updates:
Filed under: , extreme global poverty, NGO, non-profit, odw, One Day's Wages, philantrophy
Monday, August 17, 2009 • 12:02 am
Thanks for dreaming with us and our vision with One Day’s Wages – a movement to end extreme global poverty. We hit a pretty cool milestone yesterday (August 16). Our Facebook Group surpassed 1,000,000 people. Pretty amazing. I’ve never been so excited to be $1,000,000 in debt but I really believe that once we get ODW off the ground, we’ll be able to raise those funds and more.
Here’s a quick video update. Please take 2 minutes to check out some recent news:
So, please mark this date. While the website will be made public before, we’ll be officially launching ODW on October 20. Read the rest of this entry »
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 • 12:01 am
Eights years ago, I endured through one of the most difficult seasons of my life. I left my (then) current pastorate in hopes of planting a church called Quest but everything I had envisioned didn’t immediately come to pass. Instead of planting a church, I was working as a custodian scrubbing toilets, vaccuuming and struggling to provide for my (then) one child and pregnant wife. I still remember bitterly sobbing in my room one night and saying a few choice words to God:
I am so angry at you. I feel like I lost control of my life.
(the PG version)
I learned through that experience that (again) I don’t have ultimate control over my life and prayed I would never go through anything like that again…
Well, I guess life has its seasons of unexpected turns. Nearly two weeks ago, I had to make one of the most difficult decisions of my life. It was a painful decision but consulted with my wife, and then informed our kids that because of some financial situations (and investment with One Day’s Wages), Dad & Mom had chosen to sublet our furnished home for couple months to some strangers and within 72 hours, we’d have to pack up some stuff and stay with some friends.
And for the past couple weeks, we’ve been “couch surfing” Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: faith, seattle, extreme global poverty, family, non-profit, One Day's Wages, philanthropy
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • 1:15 am
Let’s first get the coffee espresso snob question out of the way:
What’s “your” espresso drink? Or are you a tea person?
In the face of some incredibly shocking statistics about extreme global poverty, it’s easy and understandable to feel paralyzed. I’ve often felt this way but instead of feeling the burden to change the world, just think about making an impact on one person, or one family, or one small village.
As some of you know, I also serve as the executive director of a non-profit community cafe called Q Cafe. I’m joined on the Advisory Board by Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: justice, non-profit, Q Cafe, coffee, humanitarian, non-profit, Q Cafe, seattle, stumptown, world concern
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 • 12:15 am
Last week, I shared a post about fear entitled, Do Not Be Afraid: Dream, Pursue, & Jump. And one of my readers, Matt S., doctored one of my photos to give me Neo-like skills.
For the past year, my biggest fear has been this burden and conviction that I feel God has placed upon my soul to engage the fight against extreme global poverty through the birth of a new organization.
I have been kicking myself for going public with the vision about a year ago. There’s been hiccups, setbacks, criticisms, and plenty of self doubt but after a year since sharing our vision and starting a group on Facebook, I’ll finally be sharing the name of our organization, current logo, and our vision and fundraising letter this Friday.
As usual, I’m both excited and scared and covet your prayers.
I came home yesterday having doubts if I was ready to share the vision but lo and behold, Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: seattle, extreme poverty, global poverty, non-profit