Forbes Nonprofit Council members come from a wide range of backgrounds. And with their wide range of experiences, they have a lot to share with fellow members of the community. To help them share with an even greater audience, we’re profiling Forbes Nonprofit Council members here on the blog. This week: Michael Chatman.
Michael Chatman is the president and CEO of The Global Center for Generosity at Cape Coral Foundation. Chatman is the founder and host of the weekly Twitter talk show #WHYIGIVE, which engages tweeters from around the world.
How did your career as a nonprofit executive take off, and what do you attribute your success to most?
I worked as a senior-level philanthropic advisor for the Anheuser-Busch Foundation and the senior vice president of philanthropy for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks where I managed a network of 49 affiliated foundations with assets of more than $100 million. However, it took off when I discovered the power of digital and social media and how online platforms build executive brands leading to great social impact.
How do you keep yourself passionate and driven regardless of how busy you are day to day?
Generosity is my lifestyle. It is more than a profession. It is a calling, a way of life. Generosity is more powerful than philanthropy. Generosity says I care for you — I have time for you. I truly believe that generosity is the path to happiness.
What do you see as the future of nonprofits?
I believe the future looks bright. I believe more nonprofit executives will move the nonprofit sector back to its original definition: the love of humanity! Right now, the sector is too fixated on the love of money and data research, not on simply loving people. A good way to connect with people today is social and digital media, so get active and use your voice on various platforms to drive social change. My #WhyIGive Twitter chat starts large conversations in philanthropy, which have helped build my follower base today.