Tuesday, October 21, 2014

we're starting a non-profit!

"you are good. but it is not enough 
just to be good. you must be 
good for something. you must 
contribute good to the world. the 
world must be a better place 
for your presence. and the 
good that is in you must
be spread to others."
-gordon b. hinckley



this summer when i had a break between jobs
and chase turned 26, we both had a mini quarter
life crisis...but not the normal kind. we were
happy with where we were in life, but we both
had the nagging feeling something was missing.

we were feeling like we had accomplished a lot of 
our goals and started to build the life we want, but 
with the opportunities & experiences we've had, we
felt like we weren't giving enough back. very cliché,
and if you think this is cheesy you don't have to
keep reading :) but it is very genuine for us! one
sunday we went on a walk and talked about how
so far in our lives we had been able to focus on
ourselves -- our education, jobs, experiences, etc.
setting up a life for ourselves and being responsible.
chase talked about how the one thing he's learned
in his first 25 years is that he wants to spend the next
25 years focusing on others. we obviously want
to have fun and keep living the life we love, but find
ways to make things more meaningful and not all 
about us. we tossed ideas back and forth...i said that
along with working with hotels/ restaurants/ tourism
companies when we travel, we should also work with
great non-profits and organizations that are helping
the communities we travel in. we built on this idea,
and by the end of the walk we were dreaming BIG.


(lots of late nights have gone into working on this, and
turns out those big dreams are becoming a reality!
we're actually starting a non-profit spin off of the
 blog called wellcared.org where we can highlight the
efforts going on around the world in areas we visit.


basically, it's a non-profit to help other organizations
raise awareness by donating time & talent to help them
with marketing, websites, social media, etc. it's been
months of preparation and work with lots more to do,
but as of now we're actually an official 501c3
organization. filed, signed, sealed, delivered! we've
invested our money in this with the hope that it helps
us focus outward on the great people and orgs that
make this world we love even more beautiful. plus, all
of the money this blog makes will go straight to wellcared.


we chose WellCared because we want these non-profits 
that care for the world to be well taken care of as well. 
now that it's formed, we're recruiting different 
professionals and people to donate their time to 
non-profits that we've partnered with. just like we
love to share an amazing travel experience or meal,
we are excited to share organizations that are changing
the world, making a difference, and contributing to
their communities. this way we can touch many 
different organizations and have exposure to a lot of 
diverse causes rather than just one. we hope this can 
be an avenue to bettering the world through partnering 
with other non-profits and helping them better achieve 
their missions. we're excited to set up service trips in
the future, feature great events and causes, and work
on this as a team. i love being in a partnership with
my favorite person! he's a good co-founder :)


the excerpt below from thrive, one of my favorite books 
of the year, said it perfectly and woke me up to this 
desire. we pride ourselves on being go-getters 
which is good, but being go-givers is better.

we hope that if you know of any great non-profit 
organizations who could use help with their marketing/
websites/ outreach, you'll send them our way! 
we're just getting started but excited to build this together.


"though we travel the world over to 
find the beautiful, we must carry it 
with us or we find it not."
ralph waldo emerson

^^ here's hoping this will help us carry more beauty with us
on our travels and leave places better than we find them!

xo

26 comments:

  1. I honestly can't think of two people better suited for the non-profit world!! Congratulations and I'm sure you're going to do amazing things!

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    1. you are the sweetest ever -- many more qualified people, but we're excited to join the ranks!

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  2. Ahh! This is so exciting for you two - congratulations! You guys really are a power couple, and I wish you the very best of luck on this endeavor. xo

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  3. Wow emi!!! this is amazing!! Ive thought about this same kind of thing A LOT while doing my masters in public health. Non-profits need the expertise and help you and your connections can give them! cant wait to see all of the cool organizations you highlight!!!

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  4. this is amazing! super exciting! congrats and good luck!!

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  5. How exciting! This is so awesome and I wish you the best of luck! You're both so inspiring!

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  6. So cool! One of my wonderfully talented friends in my ward here in RWC has her own nonprofit and it has been so fun to watch it grow. You two will be great!

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  7. Wow, this is an amazing initiative! It makes me happy to see people that truly care about helping others and giving back. I wish you and your husband luck on it, and I can't wait to see it grow!

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  8. how exciting! i was just talking to my husband about how i would absolutely love to start a non-profit organization, so i am so excited for you guys & can't wait to hear all about it!
    -k
    www.kerryjune.com

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    1. i love that. you can be part of ours! :) thanks for this sweet comment! xo

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  9. This is fantastic! I just filled out a 'form' on the site to get in touch!

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    1. yay thank you so much for your support!! you'll be on the mailing list as we roll things out!

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  10. This is one of your best posts yet. I love the phrase a "go-giver is better than a go-getter! What a great goal to strive towards. I want to be involved in your venture.

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  11. Great work, guys! I am wishing you and all of those you will help all of the best. Lots of love!

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  12. Wow. That is fabulous Emi! You and Chase are such giving people and this sounds like the perfect fit for you both. Congratulations and good luck on this new endeavor!

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  13. This is awesome! I am always wondering how to get more involved, and you guys actually go for it! Good for you :) Excited to see where this goes!

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  14. This is so exciting Em. You two are so inspiring. Definitely go-givers and go-getters!

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  15. This is awesome! Congrats on making the leap and starting something so meaningful!!

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  16. Oh one of the many reasons that you are wonderful! So funny also as I am giving back to our local community by launching a food drive for local organization as I kick off my real estate business. Doing good, feels good.

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    1. love that! i want to hear more about it!

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  17. What an amazing program. Best of luck to you and your husband. I can't wait to read more about this!

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  18. Good for you!! Congratulations!!!

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  19. What an incredible adventure! I have 2 non profits which I love that you can check out. Angel Wings International and the Front Row Foundation.

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