Comment from Maggie: If there is no one addressing the issue you are interested in how to you get it started? How would you develop a non-profit organization?
Simms: Starting a nonprofit from scratch is hard work, and heavy lifting! I'd want you to go into starting something with your eyes wide open. At last count, there were over 1.5 million nonprofits. That doesn't mean all issues are covered in all geographies, but it does mean there are a lot of organizations out there in need of the time, talent and treasure of people to join them in their causes. Remember, that the legal part of setting up a nonprofit isn't too hard. The hard part generally is raising the resources to go along with serving the people you seek to serve.
Comment from Dawn: Ken , I'm late to this chat, but can you remind me of where I can get more info and make a donation?
Wood: Dawn, you can visit http://www.wellsforghana.com to make a donation. All contributions are well-needed and appreciated!
Comment from Tonya: Also, I want to tell you I loved the piece on Ken! I have admired you as a journalist since I grew up watching you, Jane. You're a big part of the reason I went into journalism as well.
Pauley: Many thanks, Tonya. It’s a stretch to compare myself to Ken but as Ken found his reinvention drilling wells after a lifetime in the well-drilling business, I feel privileged to be able to use my experience as a journalist in a purposeful way to help other people explore their own reinvention potential. It’s a real blessing. Thank you for joining the chat today.
Comment from Richard: Is there any type of a "clearing house" that might match volunteer skills with the needs of the various agencies or other non-profits?
Simms: A great volunteer matching resources that covers volunteer needs in every zip code in the nation is http://www.volunteermatch.org. Good luck finding a position that is exciting to you!
Comment from Mary Lee: I would like to contribute financially to Ken Wood's efforts. My dad died in an oil field accident. He would love Mr. Wood's efforts in drilling water wells. I would like to contribute in my dad's name.
Wood: Mary Lee, thank you. We do put a plaque on some of the wells. We can have a plaque made up with his name.
Pauley: Thank you, Mary Lee. What a lovely thought. Here’s Ken’s link: http://www.wellsforghana.com.
Comment from R.G.T.: I am 59 and still working but thinking of next steps. My career has been in the area of children and families and mental health. After more than 30 years in the area, I think we spend little time on the actual health of families, supporting parents, teaching parents, giving them the skills they need to take care of their own family. Any ideas of opportunities or need in any country including the US?
Simms: To find organizations focused on serving the needs of children and families, in the U.S. or elsewhere, I'd think of starting with a Google search around the key issue you'd like to address. That search likely will find a cluster of nonprofits working in the field. You can then follow up by looking at their web sites. You also can go to http://www.guidestar.org to get more information about the particulars of any nonprofit in this country that files nonprofit tax returns. You also might want to check out the Alliance for Children and Families.