Yesterday, I had a discussion with a client about the concept of giving back both from a volunteer and donor perspective. We were talking about the type of impact he wanted to have. One of his frustrations was that while he cared deeply about some health/disease related issues, he felt that when you make a donation to a large nonprofit, you are simply one of many contributing to a large pool. He continued on that he felt it didn't really connect him with the legacy he was trying to create. We then went on to look at alternatives i.e. giving to smaller charities where his investment could make more of a difference.
My goal isn't to say whether his opinion is right or wrong. In this case, I don't feel there is a right or wrong. However, I do think the discussion brings out an intriguing point.What is your criteria for giving and providing support? I would extend this question beyond simply giving time and/or dollars to charitable causes.
How do you make choices as to where you, as a helping and giving person, can do the most good and have the greatest impact.
It's a question worth considering and exploring. I'll close with a borrowed quote from Michael Neill, one of my favorite coaches. Happy Exploring!