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!