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The Vital Role Of Volunteerism In Philanthropy Adam Gant

The Vital Role Of Volunteerism In Philanthropy

Fundraising, for most charities, is a never-ending task. There is always more to be done than most charities have either the finances or resources to do. When resources are already stretched thin just trying to accomplish the primary mission of the charity, it can be easy to see why so many charities are reluctant to dedicate additional resources to recruiting, managing, supervising, or even training volunteers. This can, at times, seem like a tremendous waste of meager and precious resources for a charity.


For these reasons, most charities prefer to simply cultivate donors that will give money rather than volunteers who only give of their time. While understandable, however, this line of thinking may actually do a charity far more harm than good. The truth is, volunteers are not only every bit as valuable as donors but may in fact be even more so. In fact, in many cases, your best volunteers may also become your best donors.


Mother Teresa may have built one of the most successful and longest-lasting charities in the 20th century. One of the many ways in which she accomplished this work was by cultivating a long string of wealthy benefactors. Rather than simply taking their money, however, Mother Teresa was well known for encouraging them to “come and see.” She didn’t just simply want donors to give money, she wanted them to come and see the need for the charity.


Seeing a picture of a starving child, a storm-ravaged area, or an abused animal can certainly have an impact, but it is no match for personal interaction. A person may simply walk away from a picture and forget its very existence within a few minutes. Actually picking up a starving child and feeling the fragility of their bones and the shocking lightness of their frame, however, is an experience that may stick with someone for a lifetime. No matter how challenging it may be, the more exposure you give potential donors to the realities of the work you are doing and the very real need for it, the more likely you are to find all of your most valuable programs fully funded as soon as the need arises. The more your potential donors are able to see the need first-hand and with their own eyes, the more likely they are to help ensure you have all the resources you need to alleviate the problem.

Tips For Determining How Much To Donate To Charity Adam Gant

Tips for Determining How Much to Donate to Charity

Many charities survive because people donate money, supplies, and other necessities to them. They rely on the generosity of others so that they can help people in need. You may wonder how much money you should donate to charities; look no further than the following tips to help you find an appropriate amount to donate and support a cause that you care about.


Look at Their Donation Information

Go through the donation information for the charity and see what options they provide. Do they ask for an amount or do they let you decide your own price? If they have preset amounts, you can pick one that works for your budget and then aim to donate that to them. This will help you support them while remaining smart with your money.


Research the Charity

Spend some time looking at charities and do the proper research. You should make sure that you have found a legitimate charity before you donate to it. You don’t want to send them money and then find out that they scammed you. Do some proper research so that you can donate your money to a trustworthy cause that actually wants to help people.


Maintain Financial Stability

You should always donate an amount that you can afford. Above all else, you should maintain your financial stability so that you can avoid unnecessary stress and problems. Generous gifts are certainly appreciated, but don’t donate more than you can afford. This will keep you financially secure as you support a charity.


Pick an Amount and Frequency

After you figure out how much you should donate, you should also figure out how often you will donate. Will you donate a large amount once a year or small amounts throughout the year? Figure out how much and how often you will give this charity a donation.


You may want to donate to a charity, but make sure that you donate the right amount based on your situation. You may want to support a specific charity, but you should avoid putting yourself in a financially dangerous situation. Continue to find ways to help charities by volunteering if you can’t afford to donate.

What To Expect When Volunteering At An Animal Shelter Adam Gant

What to Expect When Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

Volunteering at an animal shelter is one of the best things that a person can do. Providing love, care, and comfort for animals in need benefits all involved. Animals give unconditional love and adoration to their humans, and being able to repay them for these gifts is the least that we can do. By knowing beforehand what to expect when volunteering at an animal shelter, potential volunteers can make the most of their experience and be of service in the best way possible for the shelter animals. Here are some things to keep in mind.


Volunteer Placements

There are many different roles for volunteers to fill at an animal shelter. People might help by socializing kittens, walking dogs, cleaning stalls, filling envelopes, answering phones, working off-site at adoption events, transporting animals to the vet, fundraising, being a foster parent, running social media accounts, and so much more. It is important to choose a position that you are both good at and that you enjoy, as that will increase your commitment to the animals. With so many volunteer options available, there is a way for everyone to help.


Training Events

Animal shelters generally require volunteers to attend training events for the volunteer position that they will be filling. For example, if you will be taking care of neonatal kittens, it is vital to receive the proper training in caring for these newborns. If you are working at adoption events, it is essential that you know the animal shelter’s policies for prospective adoptive families. Not only does training benefit the human volunteer and give guidance for proper care and best practices, but it protects the animals and ensures that they are treated humanely and compassionately. Training guarantees that everyone is on the same page with regard to the shelter and its animals.


Time Commitment

Animals are sentient beings, and they benefit from a continuity of care from the same people. For this reason, almost all animal shelters require that volunteers make a specific time commitment to fulfill their volunteering duties. Some shelters require that volunteers serve a minimum number of days per week, whereas some shelters expect a certain number of hours. All shelters will ask for a six month to one year commitment. Remember: it’s for the benefit of the animals!

How To Help Local Schools Adam Gant

How to Help Local Schools: Donating Supplies and More

With back-to-school season in full-swing, many parents are focused on getting their children ready by shopping for clothes and supplies. The sad fact is that not all families can afford basic school necessities. This can then place pressure on schools—or teachers, more specifically—which already lack funding. To this end, community members can help by donating supplies to their local schools. Below are other ways you can help schools in your area.


Raise Funds

Donating supplies is one way to help local schools, but it’s sometimes difficult to know what is needed the most. This is where cash donations can help. Fundraising not only helps schools get the supplies their students need, but the money can also help schools buy computers, tablets, furniture, playground equipment, and more. Local businesses are also likely to want to participate, so it’s worth asking as many entities for help as possible.


Help Out in the Classroom

In some cases, time can be as valuable an asset as money for local schools. Contact teachers or school boards and ask if they’re in need of volunteers. Some possible volunteer opportunities include reading groups, math tutoring, getting paperwork together, and organizing student materials. There are other ways to volunteer at schools outside of the actual classroom as well, including providing help in the library, cafeteria, and car/bus lines to make sure students stay safe.


Connect With Key Members

It can be overwhelming to think about how you can help out local schools. One way to break through the confusion is to simply ask what schools need by contacting them directly. Family members with children enrolled in a school can even tell teachers what they need most, whether it’s supplies, volunteer time, or administrative tasks. Another way to keep in the loop is to attend monthly school board meetings or PTA/PTO gatherings to get an idea of what community schools need most.


Consider Helping A Local Charity

Some students need help with other aspects of getting ready for school, including tutoring and mentoring. Consider calling around to local charities, such as Big Brother/Big Sister groups, the YMCA, and others who help underprivileged children with homework, sports, and mentoring. What happens outside of school hours can impact a child’s success in school.


Regardless of your financial status or your availability, there are ways you can help out the schools in your area. Start by researching organizations in your area that provide services or materials to schools or school children, and also make an effort to contact local schools to see how you can help.

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