#274: Why You Should Care about the Homeless, How to Get Promoted, Fundraising Advice, and other Lessons Learned from 10 Years of working at Light of Life Rescue Mission

By April 13, 2021Podcast

In this episode, you’ll hear Doug share lessons that he has learned in 10 years of working at Light of Life Rescue Mission, a non-profit that serves homeless men, women, and children in Pittsburgh, PA.

The topics you’ll hear covered are: 

  • Fundraising
  • Why you should care about those in need.
  • How to get promoted
  • Leadership
  • Learning how to have hard conversations
  • How to build a culture of community


Lessons Learned from 10 Years at Light of Life Rescue Mission

Lessons Learned from 10 Years at Light of Life Rescue Mission


  1. God loves the poor, needy, addicted, and abused and you should too. Doug encourages listeners to do a study around God’s heart for the poor and then to decide to do something about it. He recommends volunteering and donating to a local shelter.
  2. Be a great #2 – If you want to advance in an organization, you need to see yourself as a #2 and find ways to serve the leaders of the organization.
  3. Learn How to Have Hard Conversations – One of the greatest skills you can ever develop in your leadership journey is the ability to have hard conversations.
  4. People Give to People – When it comes to fundraising, people give to people. Therefore, you must establish and cultivate as many relationships with donors, corporations, foundations, and government officials as possible. Once you have the relationships established, you need to be willing to make an ask. You have not because you ask not.

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If you don’t love the poor, then you don’t know what God has done for you. -Tim Keller Click To Tweet
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“If you’re not in the first chair, you are somewhere in the middle. Just do a simple thing: Contact your leader and ask them, How can I better serve you?” -Sam ChandClick To Tweet
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People need 3 things to change: Grace, truth, and time! Click To Tweet
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Doug is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step-by-step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is the host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is a sought-after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.



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