Since I’m in the nonprofit industry, it made sense for me to continue to hone my skills and reflect my passion for nonprofit service. Now, with the global pandemic, volunteering is even more important across all industries.
What I Can Control
And, so, I’ve learned that my own choices are unpredictable. Other’s choices are even more unpredictable. Now, I’d like to double-down and ride the changing tides of life with a zen-like attitude. I’d like to make choices I am proud of. I am the navigator of my life.
Together Apart: Quarantine Generosity Stories
I’ve seen individuals pool their resources to send $1,500 to a local gym employee who hasn’t yet received her unemployment checks. I’ve seen anonymous people drop off diapers at a new mom’s house. I’ve seen children and adults painting rocks for others to find on local trails to bring a simple smile during this lonely and uncertain time.
Eighty percent of donations come from twenty percent of people. Does that mean we shouldn’t give? Does that mean we don’t matter? My philanthropic impact on the world matters!
Stakes In the Ground
This is what I’ve learned in life: don’t ask for permission, don’t complain, just start where you are with what you’ve got!
What do you want to change in your town? In your country? In our world? You don’t have to have gobs of money to make a difference.
How do YOU understand philanthropy?
Today, 200 people joined together to donate 2,700 pounds of canned goods to a food pantry. I like to think we are all philanthropists. Don’t you?
The Dirty Word: Databases!
Fundraisers often refer to their database as their “gold mine.”
Just like mining a gold mine, you need to: Know how to orient yourself, know what you are looking for that is valuable, and know how to get it out to use it