How to Trust Your Unique Giving Instincts

by | May 14, 2018

Join us for a fun event. Help us honor or remember. Please help feed, educate, clothe – you know the drill.

These are the messages that jump off the pages and invitations in your mailbox every day. The pleas are real, the invitation to the fun is real, just like the opportunity to recognize and remember.

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Do you love to have fun? So, the invite to come to a party or play golf to help raise money for a favorite charity is very attractive.

Perhaps you place high value in honoring or remembering someone who made a difference with some part of their life. So, you respond to opportunities to join in such special celebrations with your gift.

Maybe you shy away from crowds and social events, much preferring to give to the need that moves you at the moment. Or, you focus on giving that has the most immediate impact, doing the most good now.

Almost everyone leans toward one kind of giving opportunity more than others. Only a few of us do it all or spread our giving around equally among many types of giving opportunities.

In fact, a few of us prefer to give as anonymously as possible.

 The way we give is our very personal giving style. There are more than 1.5 million registered nonprofits in this country, and countless other causes we give to in the moment.

To make it possible for all those organizations to feed, educate, clothe – go ahead fill in the blank again, it requires millions and millions of us to trust our unique giving instincts to keep all their doors open.

A friend explained to me one time that some donors like to receive something in return while giving, i.e., have some fun, while others like to know their gift goes right to work. And some don’t want anyone to know how, or when, or why they give.

We’ll leave a discussion to the future on how often you give, another facet of your giving style, but too deep to dive into right now.

How you give is your choice and yours alone.

I love knowing you are one-of-a-kind, a unique version of a philanthropist. I love knowing that when you give, you do it your way, your unique style. I love knowing that you set an example for the next generation that follows us all.

Thank you for being who you are and doing it your way.

What’s your giving story? How do you like to give?

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