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Each of the New Philanthropists asked the same question: “Why me?” Here’s why: Each of them stood out because of the personal, financial and professional risks they take and sacrifices they make to go above and beyond for Austin’s neediest people. Some left lucrative work to answer a less lucrative calling. Some see connection possibilities where others don’t, and work hard to make them. Some apply their experience and skills to the more frustrating field of philanthropy because they know how great the rewards can be. This is by no means the most authoritative list of people going above and beyond for Austin, but it’s a start. And if there’s anything to learn from these folks, it’s that it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. All that matters is that you start.

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L-R: Wesley Bos senior, Bowie High School: Bos led a food and coat drive at his school with the Legacy of Giving program that raised about 10,000 pounds of food and hundreds of coats. Charles Wagner senior software engineering manager, HomeAway: Wagner volunteers with adults with intellectual disabilities at The Arc of Capital Area, teaching music to clients. He also helps with marketing and technical support, raises money by performing and enlisted his employer to support The Arc, too. Blythe Plunkett advocate, Homeless Coach: Plunkett has spent the past eight years helping to build the nonprofit HomelessCoach while also reaching out to homeless people directly with rides, clothing and support. Billy Moyer president, SOS Leadership: Moyer has spent hundreds of hours of volunteering through his church and also created mentoring programs for college students, including a leadership advisory board at Concordia University. 28

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