April Member Spotlight: Jon StoneApril 27, 2015 9:26 AM
At Help One Now Jon holds the role of Director of Stateside Operations, where he systematizes their finances, manages their intern program, oversees their communication both internally and externally, manages their stateside staff, and oversees the administrative side of their Child Sponsorship program. Jon is available for collaborations and consultations on ideas and projects within the non-profit, community development sphere.
We asked Jon some serious (and some not-so-serious questions) to help our community get to know him a little better.
1. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement so far?
I’ve spent a lot of time and energy in making a great intern program at Help One Now. Judging from the feedback I get from my interns, I’m pretty proud of where it “is”.
2. What would constitute a "perfect" day for you?
Gosh, perfect is tough... Life has too many variables to contain a "perfect day template" doesn’t it!? But, I would say a perfect day is waking up to that saturday morning “I don’t have to be anywhere” feeling, getting a full breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and mimosas and then exploring something or some place totally foreign.
3. What is the strangest thing in your refrigerator right now?
Home made bone broth?
4. What is one thing you can’t live without?
Exercise and sunshine, I know that’s two but they almost always go hand in hand.
5. Here at HQ, one of our Core Values is “Be Authentic.” What do you do on a day-to-day basis to live out that value?
Honesty is key, you can’t be truly authentic without honesty. I try and always be as honest as possible, both to myself and those I interact with. Transparency is also quite important, everything we do at Help One Now revolves around honesty and transparency. In fact, being a non-profit almost forces transparency these days… people want to know what was done with their money, and why.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Do what others won’t do today, so that you can do what others cannot tomorrow” This has so many implications in life and boils down to discipline. Save today so that later you have financial peace, workout today so that later you are fit to run your marathon or climb your mountain. Do the small tasks that you may not be passionate about now, so that later all you have left are the tasks that “fill your tank". (But, there is a balance to everything. Don’t save so much that you don’t live and enjoy today, don’t workout so much that you ignore your social life, don’t ignore your passions just to get work “done”.)
7. What TV sitcom family would you be apart of?
Sitcom Family? Does “friends” count? I’ve always loved that show. That or the Dunfy family from Modern Family.
8. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The people. We find leaders around the world who are passionate (like you wouldn’t believe) about changing their communities, their countries, their world. It’s incredible to witness the fruits of all the labors our leaders endure. They are all loving people that take in the members of their communities without thought; they harvest any fruits they can and share without question. They are true givers.
9. What are the top three things on your bucket list?
Riding an elephant
Riding through the Isle of Man course on a motorcycle (not during race day)
10. Where were you when you had your “Ah-ha” moment?
Unfortunately I never had the “Ah-ha” moment. What I had was the “ah-ha” year. I moved out on my own directly from college, not particularly inspired to do what I had been studying (3D Animation). And was left with a sense of entrepreneurship and business that I had not previously paid attention to. By surrounding myself with leaders, and by studying the writings of leaders around the world(humanitarian and business alike), I slowly shaped the path I’m on today. The only “Ah-Ha” moment I’ve really had was in the summer of 2013... realizing that I was in fact, exactly where I wanted to be.