How to Find the Type of Philanthropy that Fits You

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As the world becomes more connected, doing good often extends from one’s community to global causes. People who perform philanthropic acts do so no matter what their background is and engage in philanthropy in varied ways. Some donate to support an immediate community need, which often occurs post-disaster, while others do so on a more frequent basis. Some individuals also volunteer at local shelters, nonprofits, schools, hospitals, and other venues as a way of giving back. For those who want to find the right cause or group to support, here are some tips.

Ask yourself

Before taking a philanthropic journey, always start with a personal connection and assessment of what you can do. Which causes do you feel more connected with? Are you more inclined to volunteer for an after-school program or an animal shelter? Make a list and then rank them according to personal priority. After you have made a list, do a self-evaluation. Identify how you would like to help and how frequently. Also, look at your skill set and see how it could fit with that particular nonprofit or group.

Get Online Information

There are more volunteer and giving opportunities today as information on charities and nonprofits becomes more available. In fact, charity giving data indicated a positive trend in 2016 as more people donate or give back to the community. We’re all becoming more aware of the importance of giving back in any way possible, especially as the world becomes more connected. Aside from websites, social media often spreads the word about various charitable opportunities across virtual communities. For those who prefer to give money instead of time, online philanthropic platforms also provide another way for the community to share their resources.

Reach Out

Once your philanthropy plan has been mapped out, the next step is actually reaching out. Email, call, or visit the nonprofit’s office to talk with someone who knows the organization well and can answer any questions you may have. By doing so, you not only get to learn more about the group but also see for yourself how operations are run on a daily basis. This knowledge helps you determine if volunteer work is a good fit for you.

Giving back not only benefits the community but also the donor. Those who give their time and resources for a good cause, according to studies, also gain something in return since the process produces positive results to their health and well-being. When looking at philanthropy from this perspective, choosing which cause to support through donations or volunteer work, always ends in good.