You might not have a ton of money in the bank, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a huge difference in someone else’s life. It’s possible to be a philanthropist in meaningful ways that don’t involve money. Here are a few ways, according to passionate philanthropist Selim Zherka, also known as Sam Zherka.
Become a Volunteer
This is one of the most powerful things you can do if you want to be a philanthropist. Anyone can work for money, but it takes a special type of person to give up his or her time and energy without expecting anything in return. Note, however, the most valuable volunteers are those who possess not only servants’ hearts but also strong problem-solving skills and innovation prowess. They can also motivate others and lead them in achieving a common goal.
The holiday season often draws the most attention when it comes to filling the need for volunteers at various charities. But just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean the needs stop right along with them. Charities are constantly looking for volunteers to meet a range of needs, so look for charities where your unique skill set may be used to make a positive difference.
Promote Your Cause
Once you’ve found a charity with which you connect, it’s not enough to simply show up and help those in need. Instead, be prepared to share your philanthropic efforts with family, friends, and even acquaintances on social media. If the cause is an important one to you, why not share it with those around you? Then, welcome them to join you in your efforts.
For instance, remember the ice bucket challenge back in 2015? It was promoted all over social media, where people videotaped themselves having buckets of cold ice and water poured over their heads. This social media frenzy led to the generation of millions of research dollars for a medical condition with which most individuals were previously unfamiliar. This goes to show that the more buzz you create around your cause, the more interest it might draw, which may translate to more volunteers and donors.
Finally, don’t be afraid to give money to support your chosen cause. You may not have a lot to give, but every cent helps. If it means giving up your favorite coffee drink a few mornings a month or even not eating out a couple of times a month, you can easily give to your charity without breaking the bank. These seemingly small steps may ultimately lead to life-changing hope for those who need help the most.