What do you think of when you think about being philanthropic? A gala for celebrities to donate millions to a charity? A food and clothing drive after a natural disaster? Dropping some coin in a donation box around a holiday?
In our popular imagination, being philanthropic can often be perceived as needing vast amounts of money to donate or donating only during some horrific event or just when holidays approach.
Philanthropy can be more than just these things.
And no, you don’t have to be wealthy to be a philanthropist. You also don’t have to wait until a certain time to give. As giving culture becomes more popular globally, people are learning that giving back can be incorporated into the everyday and can be done in simple, yet impactful, ways.
So how can we move from thinking of philanthropy as an elite practice or something that happens irregularly? It’s important to understand that philanthropy is happening all the time, even if people don’t conceptualize it as such. Giving time, resources, or skills to help causes occur frequently in everyday life. This, in fact, is what philanthropy is.
Why are these sorts of common activities not considered really philanthropy by many people? Is it because it isn’t on a large scale? Or, are they not recognized because it seems too easy?