Jim and I met in college and came from families that expected us to work and accomplish something. I say that because I think we probably put too much emphasis on getting ahead and all that it implies. We married young and after college we both started entrepreneurial careers. Ending up in the publishing business, we invested in our companies and sometimes they worked out, and sometimes they didn’t. But, as they say, we never missed a meal. 

On a vacation with our kids, shortly before 9/11, Jim had an accident and almost lost his life. He was paralyzed for a time, and we didn’t know if his spinal cord would ever heal and allow him to walk or use his hands again. So life as we knew it changed dramatically. Jim had just started a consulting business and I was needed to care for his every need, so needless to say, our jobs were over for the time being.

Miraculously, as the months went by, Jim got better. But the experience really changed our view of - well - just about everything. After Jim's paralysis subsided, he arranged for Christopher Reeve to come to town for a fund raiser for our local rehabilitation hospital. Chris' visit was a great success and gave us a peek into a world of generous living that was beyond what we had ever experienced before. 

Our view of the world had expanded like one of those flat dry little sponges that get huge when you throw them in hot water. We had been thrown in hot water for sure. I’m not saying we have everything figured out now, but we do know life is not just about logos on your clothes and country club memberships. What matters is the kind of world you leave behind when it’s all over. 

One of my favorite people says “drive by any junk yard and you’ll see the toys of people’s adult lives. That’s where everything ends up." Not that we shouldn't have nice things, just that "things" are not the foundations of a meaningful life. Which brings to mind an old German saying that goes: What I spent, I had, what I saved I lost, what I gave I have. I guess Jim and I have come to know that is true.

World Changing Generosity, our book, is a love letter to all those who practice the great art of loving others. We hope you'll read the book and see why we are humbled by the stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinarily generous things. We also hope, through the pages of WCG you'll find your own place in the movement of generous people who are working to change the world. You don’t have to be rich, just available, as you will see.

Please post on this site. Tell us about your journeys of generosity...what you think. What it meant. If you have difficulty with decisions about giving money.  I think we've been there on most of these issues too. Let us hear from you!
-Nancy Cotterill



Sarah Z. Klopper
10/15/2015 1:26pm

Just started reading your book. I called my sister, my mom, and now we're reading it together. There is so much we can do! Like you said, "be available!" Even with three kids and a job it is possible..

10/23/2015 10:12am

Thank you Sarah! Please keep reading!

07/02/2017 5:10pm

I'm sorry that your husband had to go through such a painful time. I know that it was hard for you to see him suffering, but I am glad that you stood by him in every step of the way. I cannot wait to read your book! I am a woman of God and I always like to read books that would inspire me to become a better human being and I believe this is the book that will help me to do that. God is also the foundation of my life. He is the reason why I can overcome all the obstacles in my life.

02/12/2016 8:33pm

May I simply say what a relief to discover somebody who genuinely knows what they're discussing on the internet. You definitely know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of your story. It's surprising you are not more popular because you definitely possess the gift.

02/12/2016 9:27pm

Can I simply just say what a relief to find somebody who truly knows what they are talking about on the net. You actually realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people have to look at this and understand this side of your story. I can't believe you're not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

05/18/2016 10:04pm

The rubric of your book is interesting. I hope I can get hold of your book. I want to know the joy and freedom that comes from fully surrendering everything I have to God and recognizing that it is all His anyway. Generosity is connecting to integrity, who you are when no ace is looking. It is the use of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It is kind, giving more than what I put up. Generosity is what preserves the things we own from owning us. Generosity isn't an act. It's a new way of life.

05/26/2016 9:35pm

Take Responsibility.

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I think you do a lot of good deeds and this is rarity for today life.


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