The David Weekley Family Foundation strives to engage the world with integrity, creativity, curiosity, faith and gratitude. We are committed to improvement of self, the responsibility to family, and the betterment of our community and the world.
For more than 25 years, the David Weekley Family Foundation has given grants to nonprofits that demonstrate a positive impact on their community in Houston and across the world. We seek to apply our business acumen to our giving, practicing a model of venture philanthropy. We call the organizations we support "partners" and do our best to encourage and challenge their strategies and assumptions. Solving the world's most pressing problems requires bold and imaginative leadership, which is why we look for entrepreneurial leaders who defy the status quo and live with a sense of urgency and persistence. We don't expect perfection from our partners but we do insist on transparency and a relentless drive for continuous improvement.
For many people, fundraising has become a dirty word. Conjuring images of guilt-inducing gimmickry, the predominant model saps the joy from both the donor and the receiver. But what if fundraising has the potential to be good for the giver, not just the recipient? What if it's about love and service, not just "What's in it for me?"
These are the questions that Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International, and David Weekley, one of America's most influential philanthropists, answer in The Giver and the Gift. Based upon their own relationship and experiences, The Giver and the Gift outlines a Kingdom perspective on fundraising. Instead of guilt, there is gratitude. Instead of obligation, joy.
It's time to dismantle certain shaky beliefs and practices, energizing a new generation of generosity.