Pick ONE Nonprofit
People. There are so many great people and organizations in the world doing good things. Some meet spiritual needs, others physical or emotional. Some even crossover and do more than just one. There are groups that impact your local community and those that touch lives halfway across the world that you will never meet.
Needs. I don’t know about you, but when I hear about a starving child, someone being mistreated, a natural disaster or a spiritual need, I want to help. I want to stop everything I am doing. I want to give all my money. If there is anything I can do to make a difference, I want to.
Unfortunately if we try and help everyone, we really help no one. We end up giving .0001 percent of our time and/or money to everyone, and this does not help meet any needs.
I’d like to suggest, instead of trying to help everybody in need or every charitable organization, that you pick ONE. Yes, just one. Do for one, what you wish you could do for every organization, every need, every friend you have doing good work.
Here are 5 ways you can help a nonprofit organization you care about:
1) Time – Volunteer your time to the organization. Whether it be weekly, monthly or annually, any nonprofit would love to have your help.
2) End of Year Giving – As we move toward the end of the year, pick one organization to give a donation to. Yes, just one. Go all in and really make a difference.
3) Monthly Giving – As you budget for next year, consider giving monthly to this organization. Again, do for one what you wish you could do for all.
4) Host a Dinner – Contact the organization and say you would like to spread the word by hosting a dinner to raise awareness and/or funds for the nonprofit. Many times, the organization will send someone to come speak. You can do this on a large scale, but it works very well on a small scale in your home as well.
5) Time Online – Did I mention volunteering your time? You should really try and find a way to do this. Another option to volunteering in person, would be to give time online. The organization may have options for this. If not, consider helping them with social media. If they are good in this department, you should simply carve out time on a regular basis to give them T. L. C., which stands for Tweets (on Twitter), Likes (on Facebook) or comments (on their blog). This kind of traffic can really help a cause spread.
It is difficult to know where to invest. I know. I struggle to narrow down as well. However, the more you focus, the more traction your efforts will gain and the more needs will be met.
What are some other ways you have served a nonprofit? Please share in the comments section.