An outstanding conference on families and economic self-reliance is underway at BYU today and tomorrow. There will be many discussions from practitioners about microcredit programs, microenterprise, microfranchising (a new term to me) and more.
In the past year I've been asked to help with fundraising for a local college, a private school, and a non-profit media company that is developing inspirational video footage of modern heroes to inspire young men and boys to become great. I have learned two things: non-profit fundraising is very difficult and I don't enjoy it at all. I don't mind asking people to invest money in a business opportunity that may deliver a positive return on investment; but asking people for donations to a cause is extremely difficult for me.
I am deeply saddened by the devastation and loss of life from the earthquake and tsunami which struck southeast Asia on Sunday morning. The New York Times reports the death toll is more than 23,000 with one third being children. It is hard to think about anything else today. I just learned that a close friend left a Thailand resort with his wife and children just two days before it was wiped out by the tidal waves.