Though the holidays can sometimes be steeped in greed and selfish desire, philanthropists are making ongoing efforts to instill generosity into this time of year. Asha Curran, the CEO of Giving Tuesday, is one such mover and shaker. As the brains behind Giving Tuesday, Curran is a strong proponent of the power of benevolence. Her charitable efforts have inspired many, and Curran maintains that there’s more to giving back than donating money. If you’re tight on cash and looking for viable alternatives, here are some ways you can get involved in philanthropic movements without dipping into your pockets.
Volunteering is an option that many pursue. In addition to being a great use of time, volunteering also allows you to mingle with like-minded individuals. Best of all, you don’t have to be skilled in a certain area to donate your time. When you opt to volunteer, all you have to do is show up, be present, and put in the necessary work. Sarah Nathan, a member of the fundraising school at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, urges individuals to consider nonprofit organizations. According to Nathan, this is “one of the best things you can do” for a non-business entity.
Donate Unused Items
Before the holidays come to a close, go through your belongings. You’d be surprised how many items you no longer have use for. While these material possessions may no longer serve you, they could have a significant impact on a family in need. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Once you’ve collected your household goods, bring them to a local organization. From there, they’ll be distributed to thrift stores and nonprofits that individuals frequent.
Do Pro Bono Work
Social media marketers, writers, and graphic artists are invariably in high demand. In the hopes of increasing their exposure and bolstering their image, nonprofits are keen to work with these industry specialists. However, they don’t always have the financial means to do so. If you have a certain talent that could be advantageous to a nonprofit organization, volunteer your skills. By offering your services free of charge, you can set these institutions up for success.
Take it to the Workplace
Chad Richison is the Founder and CEO of Paycom. This Oklahoma City-based HR and payroll technology company redefines the human capital management industry by allowing companies to effectively navigate a rapidly changing business environment. Chad Richison‘s latest software BETI is a completely employee-driven automated payroll system that is available to every sized business imaginable and not only helps to get things off leadership’s plate but empowers and provides mental real estate for every employee to get to own and manage at work.
Yet, the one thing that Chad Richison and Paycom might do better than building incredible cloud-based industry-leading payroll software among other things is GIVE BACK.
Take a quick look at the Paycom Press Room. Half of the page is filled with articles cementing them as the best place to work and for being to most innovative, while the other half is an ode to a giving culture that starts at the top.
As founder and CEO of Paycom, Chad Richison truly controls the culture of his company from the choices he made in year one to the leaders that he hires to help him run his company today. And that culture gives to the community around them and beyond.
Chad Richison, who is personally a member of The Giving Pledge, brings that giving culture to his workplace, and by dialing it up and getting everyone involved is able to help a ton of people through his amazing reach at Paycom.
Get Others Involved
There’s strength in numbers, and this notion rings especially true when performing acts of kindness. When attempting to amass community support, your workplace is a great starting point. Not only will you find colleagues who are willing to contribute to your efforts, but your employer may be interested in matching your donations as well. In essence, a helping hand is all it takes to expand your charitable reach.