It feels good to give back. As an entrepreneur, you have unique skills and talents that put you in a powerful position to make a big difference. If you’re wondering how to get started with philanthropy, we’ve looked at a couple of ways below.
Time and Money
As Entrepreneur, we have 2 resources that can make a difference in your community. One is your time. We often find that our schedules are more in our control. We can arrange our time in a way that could free up a morning to serve breakfast at the local shelter or take a day off during the week to help an elderly person go shopping. We often work more flexible schedules which makes us more available to help out at times when someone who works for someone else might not be able to help.
Money is another way we can make a difference. Who you give to is one of the biggest challenges. Many great charities need our help and determining which we will support is a decreeing process. Start with your local community. Maybe the community where your business resides. Is there a charity in the office building your offices are located? Or around the corner. Helping those around you helps to position your business as a caring partner in your community. For us, one of our neighbors we love to support is the Columbia County Cares Food Bank. As our neighbors in Columbia County, we know that partnering with them will help our community grow stronger.
Volunteering As a Team
One of the best ways to give back to your community is by doing it with other people. Gather your employees together for a day of volunteering. Many hands help to make short work of any task and build a stronger team who can handle any challenge that might come your way.
Look For Opportunites in Your Community
You might not realize that there are many places in your community that can use your help. A successful entrepreneur knows how to network with other people to find the best ways to help their community. Be sure to use your networking skills to see what areas of your community need you to donate your time or finances to the most. Networking with other entrepreneurs and philanthropists through an organization like Women in Philanthropy is also a way to grow your business network as you help your neighbors. It can be a win-win for everyone.
Organize a Fundraising Event
Every day you plan, organize, communicate and solve problems. These are valuable skills when it comes to organizing a fundraiser. You have spent your time, creating a business. All the elements that you learned along the way are the same elements needed for a successful fundraising event. Put your skills to work for others.
Donating Your Business Skills to a Non Profit in Need
What skills does your company have that could strengthen the work of your local charity. Can you donate advertising or hand man work? Your creativity and passion are valuable resources needed to help your local charity help those in their care.
Becoming An Entrepreneur Philanthropists
Being an entrepreneur grants you tons of freedom when it comes to your workday, making money, and even deciding how your money is spent. When you become one of the many entrepreneur philanthropists you can help to give back to your community and people in need. Giving back with your time and talent will make a big difference in your community, the world, your business, and your own life. Start small but most of all start.