About a dozen years ago, I joined the Salt Lake Rotary Club and became a Rotarian. I joined precisely because Rotary aligns so well with my work and vision for a better world. Other organizations like Lions and Kiwanis have similar social missions and impact.
Today, I want to highlight the alignment between the work that Rotary International does through its 46,000 clubs and 1.4 million members around the world and the impact crowdfunding community we support through the SuperCrowd.
Service Above Self
Rotary is famous for its motto, “Service Above Self.” I believe this guides my work. In the world of impact investors, there is a subset of folks who think of themselves as “impact first.” For us—and yes, I count myself in that group—impact is the top priority. Expressed another way, social impact above self.
That said, Rotary would not argue that you should bankrupt yourself by doing service. Similarly, I see the need to make money on investments even if and when—and in part because—impact is the top priority.