Engaging in Outside the Box Philanthropy

Philanthropists Don’t Have to be Rich

You don’t have to be a connected millionaire in order to be a philanthropist who gives back to the community. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have money to participate in philanthropic efforts. It also isn’t 100 percent necessary. There are many things you can do to do good for the community and planet. Glitzy fundraisers and charitable events aren’t the be-all and end-all in the philanthropic realm. If you want to be a philanthropist, you have to focus on your creative and imaginative side. Small kind gestures can mean so much in the world these days.

Purchase Coffee for Someone

Coffee can brighten a person’s day. If you want to make someone smile, offer to buy him coffee, no strings attached. If you see a coworker having a tough time, surprise him by getting him a warm and cozy cup of coffee from the shop across the street.

Visit a Children’s Hospital

It can be extraordinarily difficult to see children suffering. It can be particularly hard to see children who are suffering with illnesses. If you want to be a philanthropist who makes a difference in young peoples’ lives, you should do something good for your local children’s hospital. Purchase several toys from your nearest toy store. Donate them to the hospital. You may just make a sick child smile. That’s the best thing in the world!

Feed the Police Officers in Your Community

Police officers have some of the toughest jobs around. They often have to work long hours on weekends and holidays alike. If you want to bring a little cheer to the police station in your neighborhood, you should think about giving the cops on its staff the joy of freshly baked cookies or cupcakes. A sweet treat can often go a long way. It can go an especially long way on a tough night on the job. Keeping a community safe isn’t easy.

Volunteer to Take Care of Errands for Someone You Know

If you know someone who has a particularly busy schedule, volunteer to take care of errands for her for a day. You may know a single mother who holds down three jobs for her family. You may know someone who has recently dealt with some significant life changes. Find out if you can tackle any basic chores for her. Ask her if she wants to vent to someone, too.

Yuri Vanetik is a philanthropist, political coalition builder, and lover of wine.

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