There are many reasons for giving back to your community and they should never be self-serving. It is a duty of every citizen, especially successful professionals and prosperous business owners. They have had good fortune and it is time to share with the needy. It is the least they can do. While people give lip service to the concept, in the U.S., there are so many worthy causes that it is very difficult to select the ones you want to support.
I became interested in working with local organizations when I remembered how various groups like the Elks and the Lion’s Club helped my dad in his day of need. It was a very long time ago, but I have never forgotten his gratitude and appreciation. Giving back is enormously rewarding, and I confess that this is one of the reasons to do it, and why not. It is all about feeling good about yourself and your role in life. You want to be there as you can. I give money to many international and domestic organizations, but there are time when I want face-to-face contact and I stay within my immediate vicinity. I have been looking for new opportunities. I try to get friends, family, and neighbors to join in at the grass-roots level.
Without the business world, many organizations, causes, and people would be in dire straits. I mentioned that I give money to viable charities, but I also donate goods, food, and services. I volunteer as I can and encourage my family to join me. If you don’t want to give money, these are good alternatives. My current interest is in a youth sports league. I earmarked this group for a supply of basketballs from Baller’s Guide that the kids can use for training and practice. Some will be saved for actual games. They don’t last forever, so this will not be a one-time thing.
Another reason to give back is to promote your business. You can do it by supporting a sports team for example (which will put your name on the field or in the program). There is nothing wrong with this as motivation as it is a great way to get more funds rolling into the community. Government budgets are hardly ample to do the job across the board. I openly talk about this with entrepreneurs far and wide and I try to share my thoughts with my colleagues, old and new. I believe everyone has it within their power to help others. It is part of the definition of a successful and happy person. Everything doesn’t have to be self-centered in life. American life in solid economic eras promotes personal success above all others. Why not find a way to be prosperous while making a lot of other people equally so? That is one way to look at it. I also think that one can express joy in their prosperity by helping the needy. Everyone wins in the long run. Think about what you can do.