To learn to adapt to the times in order to address the needs of that specific time so that generations can become the recipients of a better life.
For someone who wants to set aside money to establish a Philanthropic Foundation or Fund, what does it take to make sure your resources are being impactful and truly effective? In this interview series, called “How To Create Philanthropy That Leaves a Lasting Legacy” we are visiting with founders and leaders of Philanthropic Foundations, Charitable Organizations, and Non-Profit Organizations, to talk about the steps they took to create sustainable success.
As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bishop Larry Gaiters.
Bishop Larry Gaiters is a radio host on the iHeart Media Group’s WMCA’s AM 570/FM 102.3 faith-based station in New York, and the CEO of Global Spiritual Revolution Media Group, whose New York and Los Angeles offices oversee global master class satellite groups for some 275 million registered online student pastors.
Thank you for making time to visit with us about a ‘top of mind’ topic. Our readers would like to get to know you a bit better. Can you please tell us about one or two life experiences that most shaped who you are today?
My first life experience that most shaped who I am today was when my mother told me the following words of wisdom three weeks before she passed back in 2009: To get something you never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done before. That statement absolutely changed the very trajectory of my entire life. Seeing the suffering on such a global scale in traveling the world brought about the second life experience, and right then I realized that God had called me to devote my life to transforming the way people think and how they view themselves instead of looking at themselves through their past pain and trauma. Trauma is not what happens to you. Trauma is what happens inside you as a result of what happened to you.
You are a successful leader. Which three character traits do you think were most instrumental to your success? We would love to hear a few stories or examples.
Not allowing present day systems to define who and what I am as a man and a global thought leader in my effort to bringing healing, hope and restoration to every person regardless of their color, ethnicity and financial status. This is what I do through The Bishop Larry Gaiters Foundation, which provides financial freedom to entrepreneurs and business owners so that they can leave a generational legacy of financial freedom and independence. Another character trait that I have been blessed with is a deep inner understanding of being able to seize the moment by not allowing the moment to seize me.
What’s the most interesting discovery you’ve made since you started leading your organization?
The ability to stretch the minds of others so that their thinking will never go back to its original form of thinking. Providing the financial backing to present day thought leaders around the world so their future families can benefit and the youth of today can become the leaders of tomorrow in turn making our world a much better place not only to simply survive in but to thrive in.
Can you please tell our readers more about how you or your organization intend to make a significant social impact?
Heritage we receive, legacy we bequeath! We help others to see that in order to impact society we must first change how the people see themselves through themselves as themselves, never needing to leave themselves in order to become themselves, and never needing anyone or anything to confirm who and what they are as part of God’s creation. This is our global mandate both as the Global Spiritual Revolution Media Group (our nationally syndicated talk radio show and our upcoming nationally syndicated television talk show) and The Bishop Larry Gaiters Foundation. We provide the much-needed resources to place thought leaders in a position to fully succeed in impacting society with significant results.
What makes you feel passionate about this cause more than any other?
Seeing lives totally change for the better. Seeing people’s eyes open to a whole new world of thinking with them then knowing who they are and what their life purpose is in becoming transformers of their communities and making a difference in this generation and beyond. This is worth more than money. My currency is seeing lives transform on a global scale.
Without naming names, could you share a story about an individual who benefitted from your initiatives?
A well-known Christian Pastor friend of mine, who is also a spiritual son in the Christian ministry and pastored a Mega Church, was greatly affected because of the war in Ukraine and had to move his family to another country. But our foundation is beginning to support this pastor and his family, positively affecting him to the point that the pastor will be moving back to his home country of Nigeria and running for the presidency of Nigeria.
We all want to help and to live a life of purpose. What are three actions anyone could take to help address the root cause of the problem you’re trying to solve?
1. Examining the very root of one’s pain.
2. Examining the very root of one’s trauma.
3. Examining the very root of one’s addictions.
In these are the three main sources that are causing the entire world the very problems that each individual is experiencing today. If these three specific problems are addressed, they can actually heal whole generations!
Based on your experience, what are the “5 Things You Need to Create a Successful & Effective Nonprofit That Leaves a Lasting Legacy?”
1. To have the life experience that reflects within the reality of the very people that you are helping to succeed within their specific career goals and objectives.
2. To remain authentic and real so that one’s very presence through their foundation “automatically liberates others” and thereby gives each person the ability to do the same within their own communities.
3. To learn to adapt to the times in order to address the needs of that specific time so that generations can become the recipients of a better life.
4. A Global Foundation that can leave a lasting legacy must stay true to its core values of integrity and honesty so as to continue to teach generations to know both their worth and their value.
5. To have a clear-cut vision that reflects the constitution of a global foundation and to see tangible results within the lives of the people you are healing which will continue to grow long after one is gone.
How has the pandemic changed your definition of success?
By switching to remote correspondence, the pandemic has given me a new paradigm called “Global Master Class” where our global movement now has more than 275 million registered student pastors worldwide. We provide direct access to weekly teachings to help each student become who God has designed them to be, even in the midst of global chaos, helping each one stay disciplined, determined, and focused on their God-given talents, giftings, and career goals. My life has been forever changed because I’ve learned to adapt to an everchanging world and the challenges that it presents, for this is the very definition of success: Not allowing circumstances to control us, but for us to control situations.
How do you get inspired after an inevitable setback?
To always quote this wisdom that I often teach my students: Always light the candle so you can curse the darkness by never lighting the darkness so you curse the candle.
We are very blessed that very prominent leaders read this column. Is there a person in the world who you would like to talk to, to share the idea behind your non-profit? He, she, or they might just see this, especially if we tag them.
There are so many! Mr. Denzel Washington, King Charles III, William (Prince of Wales), Mr. Frank McCourt (Owner of The Los Angeles Dodgers), Mr. Philip Frederick Anschutz, Mrs. Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Mr. Steven Spielberg, Marijke Mars (Mars, Inc — Los Angeles, CA), The Mayor of The City of Los Angeles, The Honorable Ms. Karen Bass, Ms. Lynda Resnick (The Wonderful Company), Mr. Stewart Resnick (The Wonderful Company).
You’re doing important work. How can our readers follow your progress online?
Your beautiful readers can follow our progress and growth on at: https://GlobalSpiritualMovement.org.
Thank you for a meaningful conversation. We wish you continued success with your mission.