phi·lan·thro·pist

fəˈlanTHrəpəst/

noun

  1. a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

 

Notice how the definition of philanthropist isn’t rich or celebrity or both. If you care about the misfortunate-- don’t stop caring. If you care, show it! Here are some tips on how to put that generous heart to good use!

 

  1. Request a to-go container when you receive your meal while dining out, separate a portion of the food and give it to the needy.

  2. Donate well maintained clothing you no longer wear to shelters or friends, family, and associates whom you know would benefit.

  3. Sponsor a child (or support any cause). I highly recommend Children’s International. For $28 monthly (the cost of a good pizza) you can legitimately save a child’s life.

  4. Give your time. Volunteer! Girl/Boy Scouts, shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, churches, and the like. 1 hour out of the 168 hours per week will make the difference!! And if you can’t do that, there are amazing online volunteering opportunities. I recommend Volunteer Match. All you need is an internet connection.

  5. Become a mentor to a child/young adult. You don’t need to be perfect--just be concerned about the next generation. Take them to get hot chocolate, teach them a skill, and LISTEN. You can change lives!

  6. Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive through (on pay day of course)

  7. Talk about giving and charity OFTEN. Calmly and intelligently encourage, and if need be, defend a charitable lifestyle. You don’t need to convince them. Think of it as planting seeds. You never know when your words will land on fertile ground.

  8. Lower an expense or eliminate a bill to make space for giving. Lower your cable package, and donate the difference. When you pay off a credit card, instead of spending the resulting monthly savings, commit those funds to giving.

  9. Offer a skill pro bono. Do you write? Are you handy?Are you extremely organized? Are you an artist? Offer your talents to a person, organization, or any entity of your choosing.

  10. Most importantly, BE CONSISTENT. Your efforts are needed more than once a year or even a couple times a year. Set a schedule beyond “do what I can do when I can do it”. The vital aspect of philanthropy is  making it a priority--part of your lifestyle-- and  a cause worthy of your commitment.

 

Ladies and gentleman, you can work at Mcdonald's and do something on this list. Imagine a world where every single person in the U.S did JUST ONE of these. Listen, I know everyone doesn’t have the same concerns. But isn’t the health of the society, our children or younger loved ones live and develop within, something in which we are all mutually invested? Furthermore, how will becoming a philanthropist hurt you? Now, how will your commitment help others? Start your first act now, by thinking about this. Heavily.

 

I believe in your impact!!

So should you!!