How to put your money (and time) where your values are

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Our most recent articles have addressed aspects of board service and donations. We’ve discussed how to discern a sound nonprofit, your role as a board member, and some important details about gift-giving.

In this article, I’d like to explore how to align values with the way you devote time and money to a charitable cause.

Nonprofits are expressly organized for a public or mutual benefit other than generating profit. They can come in the form of charities, educational institutions, museums, soup kitchens, churches, and others, and have played critical roles in issues such as human rights, health and safety, workplace and gender equity, animal safety, and more.

Although global, nonprofits are most robust in the United States, and the opportunities to make a difference through gifts of money and time multiply daily, according to Charitable Giving USA. If you live in California – as I might assume since you likely are reading a California newspaper or website – you live in the state that has the most registered nonprofits of all 50 states, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

What guidelines might you use for determining where and how to make an impact?

Vision

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Make sure a charitable sector’s focus motivates and inspires you.

Are you pulled toward human services? Health? Art, culture, and humanities? Environmental or animal protection? Know what aligns most with your values – what resonates in a significant way for you. If you could solve one problem while here in this life, what would you choose?

Here are three examples of inspiring visions: “A world without Alzheimer’s disease.” (Alzheimer’s Association) “Create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.” (Feed the Children) “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.” (Habitat for Humanity)

Mission

How do you like to make a difference? Three nonprofits might have the vision to fight world hunger, but the three might also have different missions – the way they go about fulfilling their vision.

For example, nonprofit #1 might lobby world leaders for underlying causes, whereas nonprofit #2 might organize efforts to transport food to third-world countries without access to any food. Nonprofit #3 might train volunteers to work with affected areas to teach local citizens how to grow sustainable crops. When you think of making a difference, what kind …read more

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