Philanthropy can be defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes. These acts of kindness and concern for those less fortunate are well accepted all year round, but they become even more significant during the holiday season.
With Thanksgiving now upon us and all the other holidays following closely behind it is a time of gathering with friends and family to indulge in traditional foods and give thanks for all our blessings.
But it is also at times like these that we must remember the persistent challenges we face in our communities, across the nation and the world. Even in these modern times there are still the global problems of access to education, racism, human trafficking, pollution, repression of girls and women, violence, disease, hunger and more. These are problems that threaten the quality of life on our planet. But in some ways, we have similar problems closer to home in our own communities.
Though these problems may seem insurmountable there are ways to combat them. The holiday gatherings of the season present a good opportunity to organize ways in which we can have a positive impact on the lives of others as well as on the persistent social issues that we face. Individuals can make a difference, promote change and improve their communities through philanthropy.
It is projected that in the last two months of 2018 holiday spending will exceed $700 billion. Imagine what a mere 10 percent of that or $70 billion could do if it were to get into the hands of the right nonprofit organizations and used to benefit a wide range of deserving people and causes. Most Americans would scarcely feel the difference.
This year get the family involved and find the best nonprofit organizations that work on the issues you are most concerned with. Together we can take action and together we can make changes that will make us all better people.