If you’re reading this, you probably have an interest in philanthropy. Kind-hearted people like yourself are empathetic to the needs of others, and are genuinely bothered by the troubles in the world. If you’re like many other aspiring philanthropists, you might have a hard time knowing where to focus your efforts. Here are some great ways you can make a difference in philanthropy.
Start With Yourself
One of the best ways you can make a difference is to be the best person you can. Although you’re probably pretty awesome already — considering you make helping others a priority in your life — like everyone, there might be some room for improvement. Think of how you impact the people around you daily. You want to:
Treat others with compassion and kindness.
Always lend a hand to someone in need.
Be a positive role model.
Be someone others can trust without fear of rejection or betrayal.
Be aware of how your moods and behaviors affect those around you.
Volunteer in Your Community
Make A Difference
Have you heard the saying, “charity starts at home?” There’s some logic to this idea. There are probably tons of people in your community who could use the help of a kind philanthropist as yourself where you can make a difference. Do some research, and decide where you talents and skills are most useful. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or shelter.
Organize a food and/or clothing drive.
Mentor children (like teaching them to read).
Visit the elderly who live in nursing facilities.
Make care packages for the homeless.
Help the Environment
Philanthropy isn’t just about helping people in need, it can be about dedicating yourself to any cause that benefits mankind or society. One cause that’s getting a lot of attention lately is the preservation of our natural environment. If you’re concerned about the impact we have on Earth, then you might be interested in:
Conservation and recycling is key. Be aware of how much water and electricity you use, and recycle all your glass, plastic, paper, and aluminum.
Clean a local park or highway. Just be sure to stay safe!
Produce less waste. Use things that are reusable like cloth shopping bags.
Maintain your vehicle so it produces less pollution and uses less gas.
Educate others about how to reduce their impact on the Earth.
Support a Cause
There are hundreds of worthy causes that could use the support of a dedicated philanthropist. If a particular cause is close to your heart, learn all you can about it then decide how you can make a difference. Here are some causes worth noting:
If you want to make a difference, there is one very important thing to remember. No act of kindness is mundane. No matter how small, every time you help someone you are changing things for the better. So, never think that you’re just one person who can’t cause any real change. If you have an interest in philanthropy, then don’t wait another day. Find your niche. Get out there. And do some good!