Thanks to regular commentator Jerry Case for directing our attention to the Global Rich List, operated by a group of people who recognize that a little perspective can make a big difference. This site asks your income (anonymously, don’t worry) and then calculates how you rank in terms of the world’s wealth. The Nonprofiteer, for instance, seems to be the 44 millionth richest person on earth.
It’s one thing to know that you’re comfortably off; it’s another thing to see that you’re in the 99th-and-then-some percentile of human wealth. The site goes on to suggest very big changes you can effect by making very small gifts–small, that is, to those of us so close to the happy end of the possessions spectrum that we’re practically invisible. Good thing the List is there to shed a little ultraviolet light on the subject.
We who work in nonprofits generally feel underpaid, and we generally are. We may even feel poor, and by the standards of educated Americans we’re probably that, too. We’re the ones who need the Global Rich List the most, to be reminded how enormous our financial capacity really is, and how many additional–painless!–opportunities there are for us to use it for others’ benefit.
It’s good to be the king.