Melinda: You’ve discovered these new rules while traveling the world playing soccer and now as an author and speaker. Tell us about a project or organization you've come across that has impressed you with its approach to improving women's lives.
Without a doubt, the organization that has impressed me most is the nonprofit Together Rising
, which was founded by my wife, Glennon Doyle. We all see suffering in our communities and around the world, and we want to help, but don't know where to turn. Together Rising fixes that—it exists to turn our collective heartbreak into effective action. It shares the same core belief that I’ve heard you express countless times and I know you highlight in your new book: “When you lift up women, you lift up humanity.”
Whether it’s mobilizing to reunify the families torn apart at the border, pulling children out of the sea outside refugee camps in Greece, establishing the first opioid recovery home for pregnant teens in New Hampshire, building a maternal health wing in Port-au-Prince, providing a single mother access to breast cancer treatment, or keeping a foster family’s heat on in Texas—Together Rising is everywhere, helping women rise so they can raise their people and their communities up with them.
One hundred percent of what Together Rising receives from personal donations goes to people in urgent crisis. The organization disproves the myth that these crises are too massive for us to address them with modest donations. In the past six years, Together Rising has raised $16 million—with a mean donation of just $31. By focusing on small gifts, they have created the most impassioned group of engaged givers I’ve ever seen, givers who are grateful to be part of a solution to their own heartbreak.
Together Rising proves the power of the pack: That when a group of women come together, they can change the world in revolutionary ways.