The face of the US $100,000 bill, Woodrow Wilson, will be smiling big on October 17, when we exceed $100,000 in the Bucket of Good Will.

The face of the US $100,000 bill, Woodrow Wilson, will be smiling big on October 17, when we exceed $100,000 in the total contributions from the Bucket of Good Will.

Last week, the Minnesota Twins’ best baseball pitcher turned down an opportunity to pitch one more inning to receive a $500,000 bonus. With this simple statement, he shined a light on the principles of fairness and generosity. “I didn’t think it was right,” he said with unfamiliar humility. In the context of all the negativity and greed we consume from professional athletes, his story is inspiring.

Wouldn’t it be fun to dream about all the good you could do with half a million smackers? For now…I’m dreaming about a hundred thousand. Here’s why:

Good Leadership Breakfast - Bucket of Good Will

Will you please donate online this month to the Bucket of Good Will? We want to exceed $100,000 collected for charities at the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, October 17.

Since the early days of the Good Leadership Breakfast Series, Mark Bergman and I have teamed together to raise money for local charities. We re-named his best invention from the HANDy Paint Pail to the Bucket of Goodwill for the purposes of generous fundraising. We raised $173 that first meeting and Mark suggested: “Why don’t I match it!?”  To date, we’ve collected more than $93,000. Those dollars have been shared with more than 30 charities who are spreading goodness.

Unlike Phil Hughes, we’re not asking you to turn down a bonus.  We’re giving you the opportunity of a lifetime: donate $100 to the Bucket of Good Will and be a part of history. Your donation will be matched and your generosity will grow to more than $100,000.

Here’s another fact: more than half of my blog readers live outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. It’s obvious why readers in Greater Minnesota, Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee, Texas, and New York can’t attend the Good Leadership Breakfast. So if you haven’t had the opportunity to participate, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE! (That was subtle!?)

Minnesota Twins Pitcher Phil Hughes exercised generosity and fairness by turning down a $500,000 bonus he didn't think he earned.

Minnesota Twins Pitcher Phil Hughes exercised generosity and fairness by turning down a $500,000 bonus he didn’t think he earned.

It’s time to be generous: by the very fact you have the time, energy and money to read this blog you are wealthy – by global standards.  So Mark Bergman and I are giving you the chance to exercise your fairness and generosity muscles. And maybe we’ll get into the news like Phil Hughes.

Good leaders make a habit of living generously and promoting fairness. And they seize the opportunity to multiply their good fortune by sharing their wealth with others.

Any gift will be matched and multiplied to spread goodness. Please contribute to the Bucket of Goodwill here. Then we will start dreaming about what good we can create together with $200,000. Goodness pays, because goodness grows!

After you make your donation, drop me a note and tell me how good it feels to give! I will share an update after the grand celebration on October 17.