Three Reasons To Still Give Even During Difficult Times

Giving is an act that becomes much easier during times of good fortune and many blessings. On auspicious days, you would probably be all too willing to share your time and resources. Big paychecks and fat wallets give us the confidence to be as generous as we can be. But what happens during times of crisis and loss? Can you still be as generous to others if you need help as well? You may find it challenging to be altruistic in times of need because you will be concerned about your own welfare. However, it pays to remember that generosity is a virtue worthy to be practiced at all times. The reminders listed below will help keep your altruistic spirit alive even during trying times.

Giving gives you strength.

Staying calm and strong in times of crisis can feel like a tall order. Bad days eat up your self-esteem and kill your enthusiasm to go on. However, setting aside time to find ways on how to help others can greatly help you combat these negative emotions. Knowing that your small actions can have a positive impact on others can lift your mood. Likewise, you can easily gain strength to overcome any crisis and avoid depression.

Giving will make you more grateful.

Philanthropy is often associated with wealthy and successful individuals because they are in a better position to give more. However, giving is never limited to money and other material things. In times of crisis, you may be surprised that there are still so many things you can share that do not involve shelling out huge amounts of money. You can always lend a helping hand to groups and charities by sharing your skills and expertise. In your home, you may also find many items to donate. To see that you are still capable of giving even during bleak times can make you appreciate what you have more.

Giving will have a greater impact.

Some people are pessimistic about philanthropy because they worry that their efforts will not make any difference or their help will not reach intended recipients. You can lessen this worry when you give in times of crisis because there is a greater chance that you will see the immediate impact of your good deeds. Your willingness to still extend assistance even if you are also struggling also serves as a good example. You can inspire and make a positive impact on others too.

Philanthropy may be the last thing on your mind during times of uncertainty. But as they say, the true measure of a man’s character is tested on tough times. So do your best to answer calls for help from others even in difficult days. Genuine altruism never fails to give a great sense of purpose and fulfillment but these rewards may come in a multitude if you practice it during trying times. 

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Understanding Philanthropy Through Some Of The Most Generous Philanthropists In America

Those who give generously receive more, but those who are stingy
with what is appropriate will grow needy. – Proverbs 11:24

What would you do if you suddenly gained an insurmountable amount of wealth? To start an extravagant lifestyle is probably one of the first things to come to mind. You may even get overwhelmed thinking about all the things you can buy and all the places you can visit. However, a look inside the lives of the richest and most successful people in America may prompt you to give a different answer. 

The likes of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg are known to lead frugal lifestyles. Moreover, they have also pledged to dedicate a huge portion of their wealth to charity. Some people may find their actions confusing and unbelievable. Yet, on second thought, their generous actions teach us the importance of giving back. To make an effort for philanthropy despite everything they achieved also shows that earning money should not be the lone and ultimate goal of any endeavor. Philanthropy may be a vague concept for some but looking at the quotes uttered by some of the most generous givers in America can help us get a clear notion of it:

Philanthropy gives us purpose.

The Scottish American who is known for the expansion of the American steel industry during the 1900s left a beautiful quote about philanthropy. He said, “No man can become rich without himself enriching others,The man who dies rich dies disgraced.” This teaches us that real wealth is the reward that comes from doing something good for others. To know that your generous deeds are helping others also give purpose in life. 

Philanthropy is a social responsibility.

Warren Buffett once said, “If you’re in the luckiest 1 percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent.“ This quote from the business magnate stresses the concept that much is expected of those who are given more. The billionaire also teaches us how to responsibly use wealth – which is to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Philanthropy requires effort and commitment.

According to  Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, “Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.” This quote teaches us that philanthropy is a long-term commitment. You cannot simply give money and forget about it. Instead, you invest time and effort into it because you want to get to the root of the problem and offer concrete solutions. 

Philanthropy should be used to make a difference. 

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has this to say about philanthropy,  “Our society has an obligation to invest now to improve the lives of all those coming into this world, not just those already here.” The quote implies that philanthropy is essential to make our world a better place. It also says that engaging in altruism is a gift to the future generation. 

Philanthropy is never exclusive for the wealthy and privileged.  Yet the examples shown by some of the most generous philanthropists in America prove that you can only understand the true value of money by sharing it with others. 

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Climate Philanthropy: Four Simple Ways To Help Save Mother Earth

We tend to see philanthropists as people who want to make this world a better place through their actions and decisions. No matter how small, their efforts can help solve some of the most pressing issues in society. Nowadays, climate change is one of the biggest problems that humanity is facing. As we continue to feel and observe the frightening effects of global warming in various parts of the world, the need for a new kind of altruism is emerging – climate philanthropy. Governments and institutions around the world are organizing programs and allocating funds to help address the problem of climate change. However, to successfully combat the threat of climate change, everyone must do their share.

The good news is that doing something good for the environment is not that difficult. It does not necessarily mean donating huge amounts or taking big steps. On the contrary, your fight against climate change may even be more effective by incorporating earth-friendly habits in your lifestyle and routines. The following are simple ways you can do to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle and help save our planet:

Conserve energy. 

Energy usage is one of the major reasons why the earth’s temperature is rising up. Thus, using energy wisely can greatly help keep our planet habitable. You can do this by choosing energy-efficient appliances in your homes. It is also advisable to switch to compact fluorescent (CFLs) and LED light bulbs because they consume less energy. Simply remembering to turn off lights and other electrical items when not in use can also go a long way to protecting the Earth.

Choose to be a minimalist. 

Another great option to be an earth warrior is by choosing minimalism. This kind of lifestyle embraces simple living by concentrating on basic needs instead of splurging. By deciding to consume less, you help address another environmental problem brought about by the massive amount of waste people produce every day. You can help in waste management too by reusing and recycling as much as possible.

Get healthier.

Meat consumption is another culprit for climate change as methane emissions from livestock animals when digesting food cause damage to the earth’s atmosphere. Thus, you can help preserve the ozone layer by eating less meat. You can choose to increase vegetable intake or try meat substitutes such as tofu and mushroom. Aside from changing your diet, you can also commit to doing more exercise. One way to do this is by choosing to walk to nearby places instead of using your car. You will save energy and achieve your fitness goals at the same time. This shows that being earth-friendly is beneficial to the environment and to yourself.

Get involved. 

Many groups aiming to help sustain our healthy environment are being formed as more people become aware of the realities of climate change. Events with the goal of raising funds for environment-friendly projects are also being organized. Instead of ignoring, show your support to these undertakings. Try to reach out or participate in groups that want to help keep the Earth a safe and beautiful place.

Climate change is a big problem that cannot be ignored. To solve this global predicament, everyone must do their part in caring for the environment. Fortunately, small changes in your lifestyle can already make a huge positive impact.

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