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InsideATX is all about that People that make Austin, Austin. Each week, our podcast talks in-depth with the most inspirational members of our community to see how Austin has changed and where this city is going!
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Episode 37: Heart Over Pocket | Alan Graham of Mobile Loaves & Fishes
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Today we get to chat with Alan Graham, CEO, President & Co-Founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes! Alan is also the visionary behind the MLF’s Community First Village and is certainly a man on a mission. Since founding the nonprofit in 1998, they have served over 5 million meals to the homeless. The Community First Village provides permanent and affordable housing for the chronically homeless. Alan shares his advice and wisdom on founding a non profit and working with some of the struggles. We were honored to sit down with such a motivated and determined nonprofit leader striving to change our community for the better. From just an image and vision to now a 24-acre RV park and nonprofit raising extremely high donations to help others and empower communities, Alan and his family are sure making Austin a better place for everyone. Key Takeaways: [1:37] Alan grew up in Alvin, Texas, and moved to Austin in 1976, to attend the University of Texas. [3:03] Mobile Loaves and Fishes started when Alan attended a men’s retreat and came out of the retreat with a calling to help others, and say yes to God. Shortly after, the image of a catering truck as a distribution vehicle for those who need help came to him, and he knew that was his next entrepreneurial purpose. [5:49] Before Mobile Loaves, Alan was a real estate developer, and was working on air cargo facilities around airports in the United States. By 2003, he was solely working on Mobile Loaves full time. [7:16] Alan has gone through many struggles of starting his nonprofit, and gives advice to those just starting out, on sustaining donations and growing financial support. [8:52] The Pareto Principle holds true for Alan’s business: 90% of their money comes from 10% of the people. Recognizing that is very important to know where to focus, when raising the type of money that ML&F does. [10:58] The “H/P ratio” stands for heart over pocket, which is their philosophy of showing potential donors into the emotional part of what MLF does before asking for any amount of money. [12:29] Thank you to our Sponsor, the Papasan Properties Group. [15:10] Housing will never solve homelessness, but community will. The First Community Village is 24 acres and boasts a wide and impressive array of amenities. Alan and his wife, along with some other visionaries, live on the land, as well, to provide a