This question was recently brought up during a meeting – Why is philanthropy good for your community?
- Philanthropy is good because it educates people on value.
- A philanthropic business garners more support.
- It brings us together toward a meaningful end.
- It allows people to share concern and be on common ground.
These were immediate replies. Then, more thought got the following responses!
- Organizations benefit because philanthropy makes a community more vibrant and healthy.
- It teaches people the lesson of helping others.
- The marketing involves getting to know other people, places, organizations.
- Any time people come together in support there’s going to be strong healing nature.
These are great items to bring up when someone wonders why non-profits are beneficial to a healthy and prosperous community. The question, which comes to mind next is – How do you encourage philanthropy among people in communities, especially when your goal is raising dollars for a non-profit?
YOU GIVE! Yes, you give in ways which are meaningful to the people you want to engage.
- Offer opportunities for people to advance their interests during your mission. This may be including them in a special group because they get to share more about the work they do. You offer a platform for sharing.
- A person may be interested in a network where you belong. You can invite them to be your guest.
- Set up levels of participation in your program, which correlates with benefits. A person committing at a specific level may get “take-aways.” They will participate because they find the benefits valuable. This could include marketing via social media, or on a website.
A very valuable incentive is to invite people to be “in the know.” We all like to be informed and included!