If you’re reading this blog, you’re most likely already blessed with success in one form or another. Once you’re successful, it’s time to start giving back. It’s amazing how great it feels to help others.
So the big question is this: How do you give back?
Here are some ways I have found to do this in a meaningful way:
Give back by fostering relationships that allow you to pass on your knowledge to the next generation.
- I started this blog for that very reason.
- I engage in relationships that are based upon the premise of being deliberate and direct, such as mentor and discipleship relationships. In these close knit relationships, it’s possible for me to pass the knowledge and wisdom I’ve gathered to the next generation.
Invest financially in worthy causes that make a difference. Here are my favorites:
- Because of World Vision’s unique ability to get donated goods, funds, and grants, every $1 donated (on average) becomes $1.15 worth of impact to children and communities worldwide.
- After my brother traveled the world, the stories he told about Cambodia broke my heart. Through World Vision, I’ve been able to sponsor a little girl from that specific county.
- World Vision has a website that allows me to email both her and another child we have, who’s from Ind ia. How cool is that?
- Each Christmas, World Vision has a magazine of items you can purchase for families in need. After you make purchases, they will provide you with a card detailing what you bought, and you can then give the card to someone else as a Christmas gift in lieu of material gifts they might not care for or use . This is a great gift for other adults who have everything they need and would appreciate the spirit of giving and helping others.
The Water Project— http://waterproject.com
- Can you imagine not having clean water readily available? Having to spend your entire day walking long miles to fetch water for your family? How could you earn a living in that situation?
- While you are reading this, someone, somewhere, will die from a lack of clean water.
- The Water Project enables you to fund all or part of a water well.
- I received pictures of the water well we sponsored. It was such a cool feeling to see the smiling faces of those who no longer have to travel long distances for water.
- Kiva’s goal: “Empower people around the world with a $25 loan.”
- The premise of this organization is to provide loans to families (both foreign and domestic) that can’t raise funds to start or invest in their own businesses.
- The risk is amortized with hundreds of others like you who invest their $25.
- The majority of the time, the loans are paid back so you can reinvest again! How powerful. Brilliant!
- I’ve helped people in Armenia, the Philippines, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ukraine so far with agricultural, clothing, food, and transportation projects.
- Here is a video on how Kiva works: http://vimeo.com/16991128
Smile Train —http://www.smiletrain.org/
- Imagine being called a monster and rejected from your community simply because of something you were born with. With a $250 surgery, this organization fixes cleft lips and palates in third world countries. You can donate enough to cover an entire surgery, or more or less, as you’re able.
- Think about the life trajectory change you can give someone by providing them the financial ability to have cleft palate surgery. I’ve been a part of many, and it’s an amazing feeling—simply amazing.
There are so many other great places to invest your resources. The above are just a few I that I have fallen in love with.
A few closing points:
- Every little bit helps—pennies make dollars. Don’t wait until you can make a huge donation. Look at Kiva, for example: with $25 you can have an impact that reinvests itself hundreds of times over again.
- Figure out the world issues and struggles that tug at your heart the most. If you focus on helping resolve those problems, you will feel even more richly rewarded.
- ACT. Get involved. Don’t just sit there and think, Oh, that’s a pretty good idea—act on it. Because success without giving back isn’t really success at all.
- Once you find a cause you’re really interested in, you might find it fuels you to perform at the highest level so that you can contribute even more to something that really matters and makes a difference in someone’s life.
May the God of this universe richly bless you.