How to Become a Successful Philanthropist

Helping people in need is both one of the most rewarding and important callings we have in life. But making these philanthropic impacts can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, if you don’t know where to start or how to reach and touch the lives of as many people as you can. Remember these three tips on your journey to becoming a successful philanthropist. And, you will be well on your way to effectively helping and improving the lives of the most people as possible in no time!

Forget about the praise

Remember that the work you are doing and all the efforts you devote to your philanthropic goals are ultimately not for you. Philanthropy exists to serve others, so don’t let the attention, glory, and admiration, that will no doubt come with a successful and effective philanthropy, get in the way of helping others. Keep your focus on your goals and the lives you are improving – that’s what makes everything worth it. All the other stuff that comes with it is just icing on the cake.

Create a sense of urgency

Grow your project by spreading the word. Inform others of the issues you are passionate about – and deliver your messages with importance. Tell them why you believe this particular issue is one worth fighting. Inform them with factual information and specific examples. Do your research and know your facts so you can effectively convince people why they should be passionate about it too.

Use the power of the single story

Use the power of the single story to spread this sense of urgency. Single stories are stories that tell the narrative of just one person.  They give a personal, and sometimes emotional, glimpse into someone else’s reality. They share honest details of what life is like for someone else. By sharing the facts of someone’s story with others, you will not only spread awareness about your cause, but you will also make others care about it as well.

Remain mindful of the danger of the single story

But be wary of using the power of the single story because, just as they can be used to spread awareness and urgency about your cause, they can also be easily manipulated into stereotypes. When telling one story it is almost second nature to assume that everyone else who has had similar life experiences has felt the same way or faced the same challenges. So know a variety of stories and share a balance of them.

At the end of the day, whether you are “successful” or not in philanthropy, is not the main goal. The main goal is serving and blessing others in the way that you have been. As long as you are giving back with a clear mind and a full heart, you need nothing else!

Brad and Julie DuncanHow to Become a Successful Philanthropist

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  • Edgar Alberto Nieto - April 26, 2017 reply

    Thank you so much for being amazing people!

  • Laura - April 26, 2017 reply

    Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing, it helps me focus on what is really important and how to make the most impact. Thanks for all you do!

    Barbara Munson - May 11, 2017 reply

    Agree totally–and no one has ever explained it so well to me, either! Now I Understand even Mother Theresa’s UN speech better, especially the ‘one story’ aspect of it. Thanks!

  • S.s - April 26, 2017 reply

    Love this

  • John and Cathy - April 27, 2017 reply

    Thank you Brad and Julie!

  • kayla - April 27, 2017 reply

    this is awesome thank you for sharing 🙂

  • kayla - April 27, 2017 reply

    Thank you for setting such an example.

  • Nicolette - April 28, 2017 reply

    Thanks for having huge hearts! This was helpful 🙂

    Jeff - April 30, 2017 reply

    Awesome writeup

  • Ana - April 28, 2017 reply

    Incredible lifestyle! #goals

  • Alberony Denis Daphilanthropist - April 29, 2017 reply

    I am a big believer of philanthropy . That’s my way of living . ?

  • Melinda - April 29, 2017 reply

    Great read. Thank you!

  • Grant Higgins - April 29, 2017 reply

    It is a #LifeGoal of mine! And being a #successfulphilanthropist can start at home! #ParentingWithPurpose

  • Richard Zhao - April 30, 2017 reply

    Thank you for paving the way! We are excited for philanthropy, and we are excited for an amazing future!

  • David - May 1, 2017 reply

    We love you Brad and Julie!

  • Vanessa - May 1, 2017 reply

    Great tips!

  • Graem - May 4, 2017 reply

    Seriously so so so grateful for who you are! ??

  • Olivia - May 5, 2017 reply

    Amazing article!
    Thank you for everything you do in serving wholeheartedly. You guys are such an inspiration and amazing example of grace, perseverance, and leadership.

  • Marina Ferrari - May 6, 2017 reply

    Such a good article!! You two are such givers, and we all learn so much from your amazing example!

  • Harprit - May 6, 2017 reply

    You guys are a great example! Thank you!

  • Ronda Adside - May 9, 2017 reply

    Thanks for all you do & the example you set for the WWDB team. We love, respect & appreciate you both!

  • Anuel - May 9, 2017 reply

    Great tips thank you ??

  • Isabel - May 10, 2017 reply

    Thank you Brad and Julie, this is awesome I’m so excited!???

  • Claire Bennett - May 10, 2017 reply

    Great points on how to grow and serve with a mission. We love you so much! Thank you for being such a great example.

  • Robbie - May 11, 2017 reply

    I remember in 6th grade, I learned what the word “philanthropy” meant. I told my 6th grade history teacher that one day, I would be in a history book for being a philanthropist. This article, as well as the two of you and everything you do, is SO inspiring! I love your hearts! Thank you!!

  • Sarah Hissner - May 11, 2017 reply

    I love all of this. It’s exciting to learn about how to best help others.

  • Melina - May 12, 2017 reply

    Thank you Brad and Julie for simply doing what others will not. You are the most amazing example, I appreciate you guys.

  • Savanna Kile - May 14, 2017 reply

    Awesome post! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Matthew Malcham - May 15, 2017 reply

    Having the opportunities to give is the greatest gift one can receive. You set beautiful examples more and more, thank you for your generosity!

  • Rasheed James - May 15, 2017 reply

    Duncan family is amazing! I appreciate you guys so much!

  • Keaunna - May 22, 2017 reply

    This was such a treat to read and gave such great advice. Thank you Brad and Julie for everything you do throughout the world.

  • Pierce and Tarryn - May 26, 2017 reply

    So amazing to see powerful giving laid out so eloquently! Excited to be part of the growth!

  • Beau Milton - June 5, 2017 reply

    We Love how your take on philanthropy is focused on teaching wisdom and paying it forward instead of mere monetary donations. What an incredible legacy!!!

  • Jessica M. - June 6, 2017 reply

    Nice little reminder of what it’s all about. Thanks! #impactplayers

  • Gabriel N B - June 15, 2017 reply

    Can’t wait to apply these tubes in my philanthropic work in a few years. Hopefully with family too, like yours!

  • Richard - July 21, 2017 reply

    Thank you so much Brad and Julie for devoting your lives to serving people! You guys are an amazing example of how people could be spending their lives instead of rotting in front of screens and thinking only of themselves. Thank you for the opportunities you continue to provide!

  • Borys Lytvynchuk - July 25, 2017 reply

    What an incredible article!!

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