In a recent Wall Street Jounral article entitled, Young, Rich and Charitable, the extraordinarily philanthropic nature of the next generation of American wealth was featured. The author talks about the technological entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley, California, and their willingness to give away millions of their profits (half of their total earnings, in some cases) to charities, whereas their uber-wealthy predecessors tended to wait until late in their lives to start dispersing their wealth to do good. This notion of “Why wait?” is a true testament to the commitment of an entire generation to give back, to think about the big picture and beyond themselves, and focus on making a positive change in the world ASAP.
This article comes on the heels of Big Omaha, a an interconnected conference on innovation and entrepreneurship, right here in Omaha. A gathering of over 600 like-minded individuals, putting their ideas and passions together to make our community a better place to live and work. Proof that this feeling of endless possibilities and the confidence to make a change in the world NOW is present and among us. The momentum is building right here at home – can you feel it?