Some of the wealthiest people in America’s past and present – John D. Rockefeller, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, Warren Buffett – are also some of the biggest philanthropists in our country’s history. Ultimately, feeling good is a lot more rewarding than having a lot of stuff. But philanthropy does a lot more than making a donor feel good about themselves. It helps improve society and foster a more positive community.
It almost works like a ripple effect. I mentioned Andrew Carnegie above, so let’s look at Carnegie Mellon, a school that he founded through as part of his dedication to education and scientific research. Alumni of Carnegie Mellon who spent their formative years learning at this school have gone on to do incredible things ranging in fields from technology to sports to entertainment. Others have gone to work in other educational institutions, spreading their knowledge and touching new lives. It’s an endless cycle, and it could not have happened without that initial generous contribution by Andrew Carnegie.
But that’s a very big picture. Let’s look at a smaller picture. By donating to a smaller, more local cause, you can help improve the community that you call home. Maybe there’s a homeless shelter in your town that offers a rehabilitation program to the homeless to help them learn a trade and get a job. By donating to such a cause, you’re helping a person get off the streets, learn a skill, and provide not only for themselves, but also their family. Not only did you just improve that person’s life, but also your own community.
Another example: there could be a community movie theater in your town that’s facing potential closure. They have a plan to renovate the theater, which will save the business and bring in a lot more revenue, but they don’t have the money to make that happen. By donating to such a cause, you help a local institution to survive, which will allow it to create jobs in your community while also providing a great service: moveis.
Whether you’re looking at the bigger picture or a smaller picture, donations are a great way that you can do your part to improve society. Find a cause you can donate to today that will improve and strengthen your community. You’ll be glad that you did!