Can Your Philanthropic Ways Inspire Others To Do The Same?

Philanthropy is undoubtedly a noble act. No matter how small it is, your efforts to extend generosity to others can go a long way. So just imagine the positive impact it can create if everyone took a step towards philanthropy. A single person cannot possibly do everything all the time so charitable work is better and easier with collaborative effort.

In a way, this means that the ultimate goal of a philanthropist is to persuade others to be generous with their time and resources. However, spreading the benefits of altruism is not that easy. People can come up with all sorts of excuses to avoid supporting a cause or sharing what they can give. So what can you do to be an ambassador of kindness and altruism in your own little way? The following suggestions can help.

Tell stories.  

If you want to reach out to people, do not make your journey towards philanthropy a secret. You can start by sharing your experiences with others. Storytelling is an effective way to communicate ideas and engage your audience. By passionately explaining why altruism is a worthy activity, you have a great chance to convince others to follow your in steps. Aside from sharing your personal experiences, you can also share stories of the people you encountered while doing charity work. This is an easy way to clearly show others why they need to help and how their initiative can make a difference.

Send out invitations.

Sometimes people want to serve as volunteers or help out on a campaign but fail to do it because they simply do not know how. They may also be too shy or scared to approach anyone related to a cause they want to support. You can make this easier for them by personally inviting them and offering to accompany them to the place where you do charitable work. If your charity work involves making donations, you can teach them various ways on how they can share their monetary help. You may be surprised to know that some people only need a small nudge before they willingly start doing something for a good cause.

Offer choices.

Your invitations will be more effective if you point out specific ways about how someone can offer help. Aside from financial assistance, organizations heavily rely on volunteers to run and maintain their operations. They often need all sorts of assistance. For example,  an institution may need a teacher, nurse, artist or musician. Instead of simply stating that a particular group needs volunteers, directly state the skills or professions that are needed. Philanthropy becomes more appealing if you present it as a way to hone someone’s talents and abilities.

Give advice.

People may shun philanthropy because they associate it with difficulties. This is where excuses can come in. They may say they have no time for it or express worry that they may not enjoy it. You can ease anxiety over altruism by sharing tips and advice. One way to do this is by relaying your own struggles about philanthropy and how you overcame it. Try to be a living testimony that philanthropy should not be hard and someone may just decide to give it a shot.

Convincing others to try philanthropy may be far from easy but it is still a challenge worth taking. If your good deeds lead to inspiring others to do the same, you end up helping more people. Likewise, you are giving others a chance to experience the joy and satisfaction that come from doing philanthropic activities.

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Have You Been Generous? Year-End Reflections For A Better 2019

“Giving pays the highest interest rate, and has the longest term,
of any investment available.” Jeffrey K. Wilson

It seems like just yesterday you welcomed 2018 with a bang and in a flash, the last month of the year is here! If you are wondering where the year went and how well you have done, a little self reflection can help. There are many ways to measure how fruitful the year has been but one unique way to do it is by assessing how generous you have been. The positive effect of of even a simple act of kindness can inspire others to pay it forward.

Generosity can be life changing and is likely to have a ripple effect. If you exerted efforts to give back to society, then you can indeed conclude that it had been a wonderful and productive year. Reflecting on your philanthropic endeavors can likewise help you prepare for a better year ahead. It is a great way to wrap up up the year and welcome the new one on a positive note. Here are three questions to ask yourself for a meaningful year-end reflection.

Are you sincere and passionate about giving?

Philanthropy is a rewarding activity for many reasons. For one, a study revealed that a caring attitude increases life expectancy. However, the benefits that you will gain from altruism should not be your primary reason for doing good deeds. Your journey on philanthropy will be purposeful if you do it with a genuine desire to extend a helping hand to others.

Forget your selfish reasons and focus on how your actions can benefit others than yourself. our sincerity will not be a question if you truly enjoy doing philanthropic activities. It will therefore greatly help to choose a cause that is close to your heart or will allow you to do the things you love. If you are passionate about doing charitable work, your actions are likely to feel more rewarding than tiring.

Do you practice philanthropy in your daily life?

Charitable activities may bring to mind a formal volunteering event or supporting a particular fundraising campaign. The true philanthropist, though, understands that being charitable is not a one-time act or event. Rather, it is a way of life. If you pay close attention to the needs of others you can discover numerous ways to practice philanthropy as you go about your day. So grab any chance you can get to offer help to the people you interact with everyday. Try incorporating generosity in your daily agenda and you may just see positive improvement in your life.

What else can you do to give more?

If you have been regularly contributing to a particular cause, you can discover more ways to serve others or help an organization. Maybe you can recruit more volunteers or train new ones. You can probably act as a leader of a team, too. Growth is possible even in your philanthropic life so do not be afraid to take new and more challenging responsibilities if you feel ready for it.

In the end, your reflection regarding philanthropy can make you feel accomplished or melancholic. In case your reflection leads to an awareness that 2018 has not been good in terms of altruistic activities, resist the urge to wallow in regret. The good news is that you still have December to share your blessings and spread kindness. You do not have to worry f your holiday schedule is so full that it is impossible to squeeze in philanthropy on your list. With the new year approaching, you will soon have twelve whole months to plan and carry out generous activities.

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Simple Ways To Instill The Virtue Of Altruism To Children

If every parent consciously makes an effort to ensure their children grow up with a passion to help others, the world would definitely a better place. However, our competitive society today seems to be so focused on accumulating wealth and valuables. This makes the task of raising kind-hearted kids that will then become responsible adults quite a challenge.

Kids may be exposed to various people and environments as they are growing up, but their most important influence will start at home. This gives parents ample opportunity to instill the virtue of generosity to their children.It would be such an achievement to raise a kid with a big heart and generous spirit.So make an effort instill the virtue of altruism with the following tips:

Practice generosity.

You can preach all day about the importance of sharing and giving, but actions speak louder than words. It is better to set a good example by being a living representation of what generosity means. You can do this by lending a hand to a neighbor or a friend in need. You can also let your kids tag along while you serve as a volunteer on community projects. Your children will likely emulate your behavior, so allow them to see you giving back to society.

Stress the importance of kindness to others.

In order for your kids to understand that kindness matters, gently discuss with them how their actions can create a huge impact on others. Tell them that some families or children are not as blessed as others, but people who are more privileged can do a lot to make things easier for them. Young minds can get overwhelmed or confused when you talk about injustice, sickness or poverty; so remember to keep the discussion age-appropriate. This practice will serve a double purpose because aside from encouraging empathy, you also teach them to be grateful for the things they have.

Choose a cause to support.

Raising a caring and giving kid will be effortless if you make charity a family affair. You can ask family members to choose a charity or cause and determine the one you will support by voting. It will also be a fun bonding moment for the whole family as all of you find ways and share ideas on how to help the chosen charity. Aside from that you also hone your child’s skills in brainstorming and planning. You may just be surprised with the insights and suggestions that you will get from your child.

Give them opportunities to share.

Your children will understand that giving is something that can be part of their daily life if you give them opportunities to share everyday. One way to do this is by allowing your kids to pack an extra sandwich or snacks to share with school friends. You can also encourage them to write a thank you or appreciation note to teachers or other people that they mingle with everyday. Aside from teaching them to be thoughtful and generous, you also teach them good manners that are essential life skills.

Recognize good deeds.

Do not forget to complement your child if you notice him or her being thoughtful about the needs of others. Keep your appreciation genuine and point out the specific outcome of the good deed done. Your praise will allow your child to feel good about being kind. It will also encourage positive behavior and build self-esteem.

Let them experience the fulfillment that generosity brings.

It is a nice bedtime routine to discuss with your child the good deeds he or she had done during the day. Ask your child how he or she feels after doing something good for others. Your child will likely feel fulfilled and happy, so it is a nice way to let them understand the benefits of giving. Let your kids know that in giving, they are also doing themselves a big favor.

Your children are your legacy. If you want to leave a lasting positive legacy to the world, focus on raising children who are caring and altruistic. As parents, this is one of your most important tasks and this is definitely one of the best gifts you can give humanity.

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Three Approaches to Corporate Philanthropy You Can Implement

Corporate philanthropy is the act of contributing time, attention, publicity, products or money to a charitable cause. This concept has become a staple amongst modern business models. Increasingly, large companies are deciding to implement philanthropic programs that serve the communities in which they operate. Keep reading for three acts that fall under the corporate philanthropy umbrella.

  1. Donation: In the business world, donating is a common form of philanthropy. This method of corporate giving is popular because it delivers a quick turn around period from idea to action. When donating, the money or product can be provided by one of three sources: your employees, your customers or the business’ own savings/inventory. Whether donating time, ideas or goods, your organization can meet a need without having to engage in multiple tedious planning sessions to accomplish the goal. Donating can be as simple as calling a charity to learn what its needs are, then sending a company-wide email that states the cause, wish list items and the deadline. It can even be done with no employee involvement if the company chooses to front the bill itself. Below are a few ideas of different approaches to corporate philanthropy through donation:

  • Donate products.
  • Donate pro bono services.
  • Donate technology.
  • Donate expertise.
  • Donate a portion of sales made.
  • Donate all proceeds towards a cause.
  • Match employees’ monetary donations.
  • Create a program where employees can voluntarily donate an amount that will be automatically deducted from their checks .
  • Host a drive (food drive, blood drive, back-to-school drive, Thanksgiving drive or Christmas drive).
  • Ask customers/clients to donate to the organization, with the guarantee that the company will oversee the delivery or pickup of the donated items.

  1. Sponsorship: Sponsorship covers the financial backing of an activity, group or individual in hopes of providing opportunity or access that didn’t readily exist. Sponsorship can range from anonymous financial support to hands on, public involvement. For example, assistance can be limited to solely financial support, allowing the recipient to handle any required planning, maintenance or management. On the other end of the spectrum, sponsorship could entail funding, hosting and upkeep (if the commitment is long-term). Here are a few sponsorship examples:
  • Sponsor an event (fundraiser, tournament, camp, class, dinner, etc.).
  • Provide scholarships.
  • Sponsor a group, troop, team or club (The Boy or Girl Scouts of America, a high school club, a little league team, etc.).
  • Sponsor the development of a service or technology that benefits an underserved population.
  • Offer grants to creators/researchers who work in a field your company aligns with.

  1. Raising Awareness: As a public entity, your corporation has a platform and voice that most individuals don’t possess. Your brand’s influence and reach is wide and you’ve built a large audience. All of these factors work together to create the ideal environment for raising awareness. This form of philanthropy is unique because it’s heavily dependent on the exposure you provide, rather than the funds. Raising awareness can appear as a dedicated section or link on your website, a mention in a commercial or a visual in your establishment. This approach works best when attempting to inform the public of a social issue, disease or tragedy. The goal is to inspire the reader to take action. You may champion against bullying or advocate for cancer research. You could shine a light on a global matter or provide statistics about childhood hunger. Whatever the cause, after informing, align the next steps with an organization that works in that field. The more people who empathize with a problem, the more likely it is to be addressed.

Philanthropy is a noble undertaking that should be approached with dedication. In the corporate setting, businesses have both the resources and the manpower to increase the impact of their giving. No matter which way you choose to give back to your community, the lives you touch will forever be changed for the better.

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These 3 Skills Will Make You a Better Philanthropist

Philanthropy: Active, ongoing effort in pursuit of improving human welfare. “Never respect people merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.” (Gamaliel Bailey) We all desire to find purpose through giving. When confronted with a situation where sympathy and words of comfort aren’t enough, the logical next step is to take action. In this case: financial action. As with all things, there are best practices that boost the impact of your giving, keep reading for 3 skills of highly effective philanthropist.

The best philanthropists are:

1: Research-Oriented

Writing a check for the first cause that knocks at your door is tempting. It’s also unwise. Wherever your money goes, so goes your association. Providing funding essentially aligns your name, your brand, and your morals with that cause. Consequently, caution is crucial. Anything worth supporting is worth researching. Look into the history of the establishment, dissect its mission statement, study the staff. Ask questions. Take your time. Check more than one source. Once you do your due diligence if you still feel motivated to provide assistance, go forth with confidence. You’ve done your homework and can rest assured that you made the best decision for both parties. But don’t become lax. If this is a long-term partnership, make sure to schedule occasional check-ins to confirm that your values still line up with their current mission. Your research should also include asking the company whether your contributions are serving the purpose you intended them to, or whether changes need to be made. Stay engaged.

Being research-oriented also means actively seeking causes that pull on your heartstrings, instead of waiting for them to find you. Make a list of your passions and concerns, then look up charities and businesses that could use your help. Taking these steps will provide peace of mind that you’ve crossed your t’s, dotted your I’s, and are purposefully matched with the people or initiatives that you feel most inspired by.

2: Financially Responsible

Committing to donate a financial gift is a noble undertaking. However, we rarely contemplate whether those donations can lead to financial hardship for the giver. If you are considering making a philanthropic contribution, ask yourself these 2 questions: 1. Is your gift going to negatively impact your financial stability? 2. Do you have the means to commit to longevity? If not, step back and reevaluate your plan. It’s okay to wait until your funds are in order and donate a non-monetary gift (i.e. your time) in the meantime. Remember, once you step-up and decide to fill someone’s financial need, he/she may need your help again in the future. If you aren’t in a space where your budget allows you to help a second time, are you prepared to decline if asked? If not, avoid putting yourself in a position where you’re willing to incur debt or financial strain simply because you didn’t use enough discretion before initially volunteering aid.

Philanthropy should be a positive experience. It should bring you joy and satisfaction, not worry and monetary consequence. So, plan ahead and be smart about how you spend. There are many ways to better the community that involve no cost at all. There’s no shame in temporarily prioritizing your own financial stability in order to be a permanent philanthropist in the long run.

3: Reflective

The most charitable among us have mastered self-reflection. Here are some questions you should ask yourself about your philanthropic ventures.

  • Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much?
  • How is my charitable giving enhancing my life? How about the lives of others?
  • What goals can I set for my giving?
  • Have I handled all the paperwork and legal aspects of my charity?
  • What haven’t I done yet? Which causes have I missed?
  • Have I encountered any downsides to helping others? If so, how can I change my approach in the future to avoid those same experiences?

Regularly analyzing your thoughts, reflecting on lessons learned, and considering next steps will help ensure the highest level of effectiveness and satisfaction in your giving.

There are many nonprofit organizations, sponsorships, and fundraising campaigns that are in desperate need of empathy and action. Philanthropy serves to address exactly that. However, it’s important to put your best foot forward once you do decide to spring into action. Take a page from the pros and implement the 3 skills above and you’ll soon have fellow philanthropist asking for the secret to your success.

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Philanthropy Is Possible Without Spending A Penny

Do you have this burning desire to extend goodwill to others yet feel constrained with financial issues yourself? Most people associate philanthropy with wealthy individuals which are capable of donating huge amounts of money to a particular organization. This common misconception may discourage an average income earner to participate in any philanthropic activities.

However, an affluent status is never a requirement for one to give and share. Philanthropy is derived from the Greek word, philanthropos meaning love for mankind so anyone who is genuinely willing to offer assistance to the needy fits into the category. You do not have to spend a fortune to carve your path on philanthropy. It is even possible not to spend a single penny at all. As a bonus, you will realize that every philanthropic act you do offers instant rewards. The saying, “you give and receive more” is true indeed! Check out some suggestions below:

Share Your Talents & Skills

Everybody has a skill or talent to share. If you love teaching, you can volunteer as a tutor at local schools. Those who excel in arts can conduct a class in nursing centers or homeless shelters. Professionals such as doctors and engineers can choose a cause or organization where they can offer their services for free. Just contact various communities near you to discover how you can make a valuable contribution.

Benefits: If you love what you do, this act will barely feel like work. It is also a productive way to hone your skills and practice your craft.

Give Away Stuff You Do Not Use

Roam around your house or clean your closet and you will likely discover tons of things that are still in good shape yet you do not use or need. It can be old books, toys, or clothes. Instead of tossing them in the trash, think of new places where your stuff can serve a better purpose. Donating is surely a better alternative instead of letting unnecessary items gather dust in your abode.

Benefits: You will probably breathe a sigh of relief at the sight of a clutter-free home. A tidy environment can clear your mind and increase your productivity too.

Literally, Give A Part Of You

As long as you are breathing, you have something to give. If you meet the physical and age requirements, you may want to consider donating blood to help patients in need of blood transfusions. Meanwhile, breastfeeding mothers can share their extra milk to newborn babies in neonatal care units. Mothers who are lucky enough to have a generous supply of breast milk will be heaven-sent for other moms with low to no milk supply. Other body parts you can share include hair, stem cells, umbilical cords, and bone marrow. You may also consider signing up to be an organ donor in case of untoward incidents.

Benefits: How cool would it feel to think that you have been a lifesaver? Moreover, donating blood and giving breast milk improves your overall health.

The list above can go on and on. Philanthropy is a great avenue to display your resourcefulness and creativity so it is possible to come up with more ways to help. You will be surprised at how much you can do without even opening your wallet. Remember that most of the best things you can give such as time and energy cost nothing at all. So keep on spreading love and do not allow lack of money to dampen your altruistic nature.

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3 Creative Fundraising Ideas for Your Nonprofit

While it would be nice if the success of your nonprofit depended on the mere passion and dedication you and others have for your cause, the reality of successful organizations largely depends on monetary donations in order for nonprofits to make a true difference. But it’s hard to raise enough money simply by spreading awareness of your cause. That’s why it’s important to think outside the box – specifically when it comes to fundraising. In fact, often times hosting fundraising events that engage and entertain your donors are also some of the best opportunities to raise awareness about your cause. We came up with three of the most successful and creative fundraising ideas guaranteed to bring in more profit and engage your donors for the next time you find yourself at a loss for new and different fundraising ideas.

3 Creative Fundraising Ideas for Your Nonprofit

Fun Runs or Walkathons

These events provide your donors with the chance to get out and get active for a cause that’s important. Not only are fun runs and walkathons entertaining for any age, they also provide an easy way to meet, interact with, and inform your donors on the difference they are making. Entrance or sign-up fees will account for most of the money raised for your cause, but also consider including other smaller fees to increase this amount. Selling t-shirts, refreshments, and other souvenirs are easy, profitable ways to do so.

Tournaments

Hosting any kind of tournament is an easy way to get people talking about and donating to your cause. These tournaments can be anything from a Sunday afternoon golf tournament or a friendly Round Robin tennis tournament to a family night trivia tournament. The options are truly limitless.  A little friendly competition is one of the most popular ways to get other people involved and informed on certain causes, so hosting any kind of tournament is guaranteed to be a hit. And you’ll be surprised with the amount of funding you’ll receive from entrance fees.

Percentage nights

This one can be a bit trickier than the rest because it doesn’t require any sort of entrance fee. Rather, the success of percentage nights largely depends on advertising through social media, flyers, reminders, and word of mouth. But these events can also blow you away with the amount of money they are capable of raising. So look into teaming up with a neighborhood pizza joint or any popular restaurant in your area to donate a percentage of their sales on a certain day to your cause. Most restaurants will be more than willing to do so because it will likely increase their sales as well.

If you happen to be a beginner philanthropist, check out more of our tips for new philanthropists!

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