If you are running a successful business, it can be gratifying to give back to the community around you. Whilethis might sound easytheoretically,in practice, it is a different ball game that not may know how to play.
Here are ways in which you can share your success with the community and feel gratified doing so. But before that, you should first understand that philanthropy shouldn’t be restricted to monetary gifts and donations only. Your time, talent, experience, and attitude can also be worth more than any amount of money.
How to give back;
Take part in church events
Churches today tend to host a variety of activitiesranging from fundraisers, gettogether, dinners, etc. for the church, all these events tend to require volunteer help, and if you enjoy working with people, then this is anopportunity to put smiles on others and also for you to smile.
Guest speak at events, in school,etc.
Public speaking is noteveryone’scup of tea, but if you love doing it then you can use this talent to speak at events and schools in your community. Havingan unfamiliar voice and figure talk and offer advice to schoolscan help change the attitude and perception of students.
A good example, in this case, is Peter Loftin, a successful businessman who is significantly involved in community work. Loftin apart from funding various schools and education programs has also been a guest speaker at several schools in the US including the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill and the MBA Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
If your community has a need for something try to fill it
This isan excellent opportunity to show yourcommitmentto a business to the wellbeing of your community. Building a new youth or senior citizen organization can providea great sense offulfillment.You can also construct a community library, or just develop a program for poorandtroubled youth.
Establish a scholarship program for needy students
Every year, high school students are graduating and looking to go on to college. On the other hand, some very bright students don’t have access to quality education due to lack of financial means. As a business owner, this can be a great opportunity for you to give back to the community by sponsoring these needy and bright students to school.
You can also offer partial scholarships to high school students who are graduating and are looking to go to college. If you cannot afford to do this each year, you can ask local businesses to sponsor your efforts and let you take care of the applications and administration along with the selection of the recipients.
Alternatively, you make a contribution to already existing programs like Peter Loftin does to the Make-A-Wish Foundation which is a special fund is meant to supportthe families and their children’s college education of fallen Tier 1 Classified soldiers in the US.
One of the greatest ways to share your happiness and wealth is by helping others. If you truly believe in the program and see the results of your efforts it can be even more rewarding. Getting out, helping others and meeting new people is also good for your health and your soul.