Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist (and Everyone Should)

Time magazine shared some statistics from DARA on the successful dispersal humanitarian aid. The U.S. ranked 16th of the 23 countries listed. This list measured amounts sent and also the efficient use of funds. What this says is that it’s time for new philanthropy.

In this age of blogs, e-newsletters, and “donate now” buttons, anyone can become an advocate for their favorite causes and help raise funds and awareness to improve the worlds biggest problems. Everyman philanthropy is faster, more efficient and much more socially plugged-in than the efforts of large organizations. It’s time for us to step up and change things. There’s never been a better environment for it.

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5 thoughts on “Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist (and Everyone Should)

  1. ScottShirley says:

    Thanks for sharing. As a nonprofit executive, I found the Time article very intriguing. It would be interesting to see the metrics that DARA used based on the Principles and Good Practice of Humanitarian Donorship…but that wouldn’t change the bottom line: we have the means and methods to do more!

    • Absolutely, Scott. I love stats and details too. I’m pretty analytical. There is definitely a lot more that we can do and there is a new movement of philanthropy gearing up.
      I’d love to hear more about Uplifting Athletes. Would you care to share a story with us?

  2. rory_mg says:

    Absolutely agree; it’s so easy to raise money for awareness or a cause because of Social Media. Without it, there was no way that I would have been able to raise close to $900 in such a short and painless amount of time!

    • I think Movember does an amazing job of using social channels and letting people spread the cause. What did you find to be the most important part of social networking for your fundraising effort?

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