As we reflect on the year, let’s go forward remembering what we learned: we can count on each other. And, when we can count on each other to do the right thing, to make choices that are in the best interests of others, we can accomplish so much more.
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.
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!
It’s important to remember that you are not selling yourself. None of this money is going to you. In fact, you’re actually giving your time and resources to the charity so you’re really just asking this special someone to join you.
Philanthropy literally means the love of humanity. Specifically, nourishing and enhancing what it means to be human.