Nothing gives more satisfaction to your soul searching than philanthropy. You get an elevated feeling – seldom achieved by any other act. In this divine act no strings of selfishness are attached. The joy of giving is the greatest joy mankind has struggled to achieve in its history of metamorphosis.
Though this supreme act, like every act of virtue is disturbed by what you call the Satan’s interruption, man has never stopped in his philanthropic acts of giving charity and helping the needy always overpowering greed and selfishness defying satanic overpowering.
To enjoy this bliss of giving we should steer totally away from the craze of possessive self. We have to inspire our selves to be charitable. Some religions of the world mandate ten percent of their earnings to be given to the needy irrespective of their color, caste, or religion.
Let us see how we can inspire ourselves.
Involvement more vital than Money
Philanthropy is your urge to make this world a better place to live by getting yourselves involved investing your care, love, and savings. You don’t have to be rich for this.
Suppose your passion is to educate poor girls who are unable to afford their education, try to find out what others are doing to achieve this task. Become a part of their strategy. You have fulfilled the first condition: that of your involvement.
Once this is done chart out how you should donate for this cause. Should this be through some foundation, trust or at personal level. Find out what gives you the maximum satisfaction coupled with maximum benefit to the beneficiary.
Gather maximum information about these trusts and foundations if you decide your donation to be routed through them. Decide which is the best to meet your purpose based on your values and priorities and how these will help the beneficiaries.
Family: Super mind decisions
Make it a point to discuss all these issues with your family. Let them be a part of the decision making process. More than one mind working on any given task is a super mind. Its decisions have a greater vitality compared to your single decision.
Let your family decide the allocation of your charitable funds with, your approval, to various causes in a certain proportion keeping in mind lifetime donations, yearly donation etc. This way they can weigh the pros and cons of giving.
You and your family will prioritize the goal of the charity based on the changes that will happen because of the donation. You should consider about half a dozen areas of your passion. Why you want to gift for these passions, What is your intention and what developments your mission will set in motion.
One most important thing that you should never forget is the spot light of your mission. It should have clear cut focus like the sunlight falling on a magnifying glass. It has got the capacity to set fire any piece of paper. Your mission saying you want to treat lepers within 2 kilometers of your house irrespective of their gender, age or social status is a clear focus than to say all patients with skin ailments in USA.