The days of “linear giving” are over — what I mean is, it’s not “I give you this, you give me that.” That’s Linear Giving and it doesn’t always happen.
First, you can’t truly give with the expectation that you are going to get something in return. It’s just not the right motivation. And it will upset the balance of giving, turning it into something it’s not…
We need to give because we sincerely want to. Because it’s the right thing to do. It’s helpful, kind, nourishing to the world. And ultimately it does help ourselves… we feel nourished and uplifted by the mere act of being generous.
And it won’t stop there. More good will continue to come to you, in ways you never expected. From different places, different sources, and in unique ways! It’s truly quite exciting…to see good unfold, when we let it go.
So let’s not give and expect back. It’s not A gives to B, and B to gives to A.
It’s A gives to B. And then A gives to C and D. Then X, M, Q and V give back to A at different times and ways in the future.
It’s circular, spherical, timeless, unbound, everconnected giving… which is taking place, and always has been.
Part Three in a Series
We’re continuing in our blog series, Learning from Wealthy Givers: How it Affects our Personal Life
This is our last post, which focuses on how we can learn from wealthy givers. Their actions can be our actions, regardless of whether we are writing a check or not. It’s about the qualities we are expressing.
In the Chronicle of Philanthropy article, wealthy donors gave the most to Education at 27%. Other areas that came up were health, the environment, and international.
We can learn from this focus on Education. How can we help support someone by learning today?
We could help a child with homework or be a volunteer tutor for a student trying to get their GED and highschool diploma equivalent. We can impart an insight with a friend who is struggling, sharing with them on the goodness life has for them. We can help someone trying to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavor by “educating” them on some of our lessons learned on our journey.
We are all learning, and all growing. We educate people every day, and they educate us. Let’s invest in learning and growing together, each step of the way. Thank you to wealthy donors, and our lessons on how they perform their philanthropy. Their principles are a great example to us all, in any endeavor!
Giving of yourself…
* A more selfless team member
* A greater team member
* A better leader
* A more compassionate and sensitive manager.
And the best…
Just a better person.
Learning from Wealthy Givers: How it Affects our Personal Life
Part Two in a Series
We’re continuing in our blog series, Learning from Wealthy Givers: How it Affects our Personal Life (Read Part One)
As we have talked about philanthropy, the point is about caring for people. It’s being present, sharing, giving and supporting. These qualities are regardless of how much money we give. And we can certainly do these things without financially donating. So here is the latest trend from wealthy givers, and how it impacts our lives, too.
In the Chronicle of Philanthropy article, wealthy donors changed their gifting based on our challenging economy. The qualities expressed here are: wholistic support, listening, and adjusting.
Donation Adjustments made due to bad economy
• 32% gave more for general operational support
Sometimes we have a view on how we want to give to a friend or colleague. Perhaps we have been helping them in one way. Yet it might be time to support them wholistically as a full person, not just in the way we think or are used to.
• 30% increased donations for special programs at a non-profit
We need to be good listeners. Let’s be sensitive and turn our attention to an area we can help. This might be a “special program,” initiative, or goal in your spouse’s or child’s life.
• 29% switched giving priorities
When we know this, we move. We make the change, we make the shift, even if we’re used to what we do. Get our of our habit, even if it is good.
Philanthropy is the love of people. We can learn from wealthy donors, and how they love of people. Their principles are a great example to us all, in any endeavor!
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy (Nov. 2012)