When I first dreamed of Portfolios with Purpose, I imagined collecting raindrops in a bucket. One raindrop is barely seen. Dozens make a tiny puddle. Hundreds and then thousands upon thousands of raindrops will fill the bucket. Pouring this water over a garden nurtures and nourishes seeds that grow into amazing things.
For me, it all began in Africa. I was volunteering for an organization called Light in Africa that runs a children’s home in Tanzania. They needed money to keep going, just a few hundred dollars a month. Sure, anyone would give a little, but I wanted a way to make giving sustainable. On my flight home, it clicked. I’d turn giving into a game that appeals to the highly competitive nature of my friends in finance. I’d ask each person to play on behalf of their own causes. Most importantly, I’d make it scalable, something that will continue to grow and multiply. Like raindrops, one wasn’t enough. I wanted buckets.
Once home, I reached out to everyone I knew and even some I didn’t. The first PwP contest ran in 2012 and the winner chose Light in Africa as the beneficiary, a poignant act for which I am deeply grateful. The charity that inspired PwP is still running and fully funded today thanks to the 100 inaugural players of this first contest.