What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Philanthropy’?
Names of American business tycoons like John D. Rockefeller, Bill Gates or the magnanimous Warren Buffet who pledged to give away 99% of his wealth? Or according to you, is it just an ideology coined to fit in under the umbrella of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?
Well, in its purest form, Philanthropy should be defined as the Art of Giving and not restricted to wealth alone. Even if you are broke your business card can still read: XYZ, a Philanthropist.
We all have something to give, of value, to someone who is deprived of it. Here is a quick list of things that you may want to consider right away:
Get rid of that Emotional Clutter – It is time to give away those old books or clothes that you cling on to for pure emotional reasons. Give it to someone who needs it more than you.
Do a Random Act of Kindness – Your priceless smile can bring a big change in someone’s life. Do not hold yourself back when it comes to encouraging others and spreading what I like to call Sun Shines!
Donate Blood – It is one noble act that can save a life. Circle at least 3 dates in your yearly calendar for blood donation and bring in a change.
Be a Good Samaritan – Even without money you hold an immense power within to bring in a change. Join an NGO to work for causes that are dear to you. Rise up during national calamities and give your time and energy to it.
Unused Medicines –We all have unused medicines in our homes. Find a hospital that collects such unused medicine and gives it to the needy for free.
Lastly, one of the sure shot ways to Philanthropy is by pledging to organ donation after you die. Sign off this beautiful life in style! Save lives and spread smiles.
To bring in a real change around all of us, the art of giving has to start with YOU! There is a philanthropist hidden in you whether you have the means of a Bill Gates, heart of gold like that of Mother Teresa or want to be squeezed in somewhere in between. Yes, you can be a Philanthropist!