Notes from the Ground

We are not defined by what we have been given, but by our intentions and ability to direct or manage our attention.

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Thoughts on Building Relationship with the One Foundation

January, 2020

By Jenny Becksted-Smith, Center Director of the New River Gorge Learning Co-op Working with the One Foundation is a rare and inspiring endeavour, one where the boundaries found in a typical funder/recipient relationship are blurred if not completely dissolved by an animating force deeply rooted in love, light and relationship. The One Foundation inspires us […]

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My Friends Are Not Perfect

January, 2019

My friends are not perfect. Their imperfection I live  That is where their needs lie So that I may give. My prayers are occupied My Iman incomplete The ground  Demands attention My doings replete. He said,  “love first feel the needs see yourself come to your knees.” Loving is not easy Without exposure to light […]

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Listening to Our Partners

In August 2018, One Foundation Partners in West Virginia convened to connect, build relationships, and visit the transformational work happening in Princeton, WV.  We asked many questions and learned a lot from each other. We asked one question specifically: “What does partnership with the One Foundation mean to you?” We wanted to share one of the […]

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Guiding Principle: Compassionate Entrepreneurship

The spirit ​is activated by​ intention ​based on the light of understanding.​ When the clean intention (loving) meets the light of why and how (appropriate response), the heart is activated,​ ​actualizing the alive spirit. ​The essential spirit​ is loving towards needs and lacks, where the thirsty roots are, in an enlightened response with care.​

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Guiding Principle: Partnership

Witnessing the interconnected reciprocity within each ecosystem, we ​engage in partnerships ​respect​ing all contributors to ​the​ evolving vision. ​

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Guiding Principle: Inside Out

Wholesome honest giving starts from within where the caring heart seeks the clear vision for appropriate response. To be able to truly give, we need to develop compassion and heartfelt caring within as individuals and entrepreneurs. ​

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Guiding Principle: Ground Up

We give attention to the causes and seek to serve the roots, tending to ​the ​needs of the ​ground within each ​field​. ​​

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Guiding Principle: Abundance of Mercy

Nature is mercifully responsive to all our needs with its abundance. We acknowledge the gifts we have received and give with caring intention and intelligent response.

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Our youth need love and guidance instead of harsh judgement and rejection

April, 2018

I have been an appreciative resident of West Virginia for most of the past 25 years. We pioneered wireless communication through the founding of Cellular One, which eventually merged into AT&T system.

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