Learn more about Louis on his website: louredmond.com
How did you hear about and get involved with Reality Changers?
I heard the founder speak at an event in San Diego in 2015 and felt very inspired by the mission.
What motivated you to give to Reality Changers?
I feel like they are doing meaningful work. Since I am blessed with my own financial resources, I want to make sure those resources are put to good use.
What inspires you to keep on giving?
By far, the care of the staff. After my first donation, I got a call from a staff member personally thanking me. A lot of places you donate don’t take that time. Really sets them apart.
If you were to encourage others to get involved with Reality Changers, what would you say?
It is an amazing organization that cares about the work they are doing. You’ll get back more than you give.
Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement? In providing inspiration?
I’ve worked in inner-city schools, and feel very motivated to support kids who grow up in challenging circumstances. Knowing that my donation is helping support a growth mindset and open up possibilities is huge.
Do you have an anecdote about a time when Reality Changers’ work (or a Reality Changers’ student story or event) really moved you?
The founder’s speech about how we tell kids “Don’t do drugs, Don’t join gangs, dont, don’t dont.” He then reframed it that if we put energy to the negative that’s what is going to happen. Instead, let’s show people where they should be going so let’s focus on that. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Father Richard Rohr, “Don’t be against anything, put your energy on being for that thing you are for.”
In your opinion, what is the most important work that this organization does?
Giving kids the proper mindset to succeed.
What do you hope will change about educational equity/access to college over the next five years?
I’d like to see more free education and the opportunity to not have to go into debt. I’d like to see shorter-term programs that teach entrepreneurship, and offer people seed money to start their own business.